Phrygian mode

noun

Definition of Phrygian mode

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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of Phrygian mode

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About Phrygian mode

Time Traveler for Phrygian mode

Time Traveler

The first known use of Phrygian mode was in 1654

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near Phrygian mode

Phrygian marble

Phrygian mode

Phrygian stone

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Phrygian mode

Cite this Entry

“Phrygian mode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Phrygian%20mode. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!