Lydian mode


: an ancient Greek mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a descending diatonic scale from C to C see greek mode
[translation of Medieval Latin modus Lydius] : an authentic church mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a diatonic scale from F to F with C as its tenor (see tenor entry 1 sense 2a)and F as its final (see final entry 2 sense c) see church mode illustration

Word History


translation of Greek harmonia lydia

First Known Use

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lydian mode was in 1636

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“Lydian mode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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