me·​di·​ant ˈmē-dē-ənt How to pronounce mediant (audio)
: the third tone of a major or minor scale

Word History


Italian mediante, from Late Latin mediant-, medians, present participle of mediare to be in the middle

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mediant was in 1721

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Cite this Entry

“Mediant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


me·​di·​ant ˈmēd-ē-ənt How to pronounce mediant (audio)
: the third tone above the tonic
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