subdominant

[ suhb-dom-uh-nuh nt ]
/ sʌbˈdɒm ə nənt /
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noun

Music. the fourth tone of a diatonic scale, next below the dominant.

adjective

less than or not quite dominant.

Nearby words

  1. subdiaconate,
  2. subdigastric node,
  3. subdistrict,
  4. subdivide,
  5. subdivision,
  6. subdual,
  7. subduce,
  8. subduct,
  9. subduction,
  10. subduction zone

Origin of subdominant

First recorded in 1785–95; sub- + dominant

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British Dictionary definitions for subdominant

subdominant

/ (sʌbˈdɒmɪnənt) music /

noun

the fourth degree of a major or minor scale
a key or chord based on this

adjective

of or relating to the subdominant
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