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[suhb-mee-dee-uh nt]
noun Music.
  1. the sixth tone of a diatonic scale, being midway between the subdominant and the upper tonic.
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Origin of submediant

First recorded in 1800–10; sub- + mediant
Also called superdominant.
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Examples from the Web for submediant

Historical Examples of submediant

  • The second subject is propounded by the oboes (in the rather unusual related key of the submediant).

    Contemporary American Composers

    Rupert Hughes

  • In the opening Allegro the second subject occurs, by way of exception, in the major key of the submediant.

  • The second (in B flat) is in the submediant, the last in the tonic major.

British Dictionary definitions for submediant


  1. the sixth degree of a major or minor scale
  2. a key or chord based on this
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  1. of or relating to the submediant
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Also (US and Canadian): superdominant
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