Definition of Dorian mode
2 : an authentic church mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a diatonic scale from D to D with A as its tenor (see 1tenor 2a) and D as its final (see 2final c) — see church mode illustration
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Origin and Etymology of dorian mode
translation of Greek dōria harmonia
First Known Use: 1667See Words from the same year
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