- a key or mode based on a minor scale.
- a less jubilant or more restrained mood, atmosphere, or quality: The conversation shifted to a minor key with news of the defeat.
Origin of minor key
First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for minor key
And then, turning into the fourth page, she came on a passage which checked all minor-key reflections instantly.Angela's Business
Henry Sydnor Harrison
- music a key based on notes taken from a corresponding minor scale