[suhb-mee-dee-uh nt]

noun Music.

the sixth tone of a diatonic scale, being midway between the subdominant and the upper tonic.

Origin of submediant

First recorded in 1800–10; sub- + mediant
Also called superdominant. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for submediant



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


of or relating to the submediant
Also (US and Canadian): superdominant
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