[ pley-guh l ]
/ ˈpleɪ gəl /

adjective Music.

(of a Gregorian mode) having the final in the middle of the compass.Compare authentic(def 6a).

Origin of plagal

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin plagālis, equivalent to plag(a) plagal mode (apparently back formation from plagius plagal; see plage) + -ālis -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plagal

/ (ˈpleɪɡəl) /


(of a cadence) progressing from the subdominant to the tonic chord, as in the Amen of a hymn
(of a mode) commencing upon the dominant of an authentic mode, but sharing the same final as the authentic mode. Plagal modes are designated by the prefix Hypo- before the name of their authentic counterpartsthe Hypodorian mode

Word Origin for plagal

C16: from Medieval Latin plagālis, from plaga, perhaps from Greek plagos side
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