Gregorian tone


Definition of Gregorian tone

1 archaic : psalm tone
2 archaic : church mode

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First Known Use of Gregorian tone

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Gregorian tone

Gregorian entry 2

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“Gregorian tone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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