Dorian mode


: an ancient Greek mode consisting of two disjunct tetrachords represented on the white keys of the piano by a descending diatonic scale from E to E see greek mode
: 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 tenor entry 1 sense 2a) and D as its final (see final entry 2 sense c) see church mode illustration

Word History


translation of Greek dōria harmonia

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dorian mode was in 1667

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“Dorian mode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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