altered chord

noun

Definition of altered chord

: a chord (such as the augmented sixth chord) with one or more notes that are foreign to the prevailing key : a chord having one or more notes chromatically altered by an accidental

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First Known Use of altered chord

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Altered chord.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/altered%20chord. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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