pla·​gal ˈplā-gəl How to pronounce plagal (audio)
of a church mode : having the keynote on the fourth scale step compare authentic sense 4a
of a cadence : progressing from the subdominant chord to the tonic compare authentic sense 4b

Word History


Medieval Latin plagalis, ultimately from Greek plagios oblique, sideways, from plagos side; akin to Latin plaga net, region, Greek pelagos sea

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plagal was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Plagal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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