seventh chord

noun

Definition of seventh chord

: a chord comprising a fundamental tone with its third, fifth, and seventh

Examples of seventh chord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wood taught him functional music theory, like how singer-songwriters depended so much on the major seventh chord, or what made the songs of, say, Dan Fogelberg or Elton John tick. Washington Post, "Tim Heidecker found fame through absurdist humor. His new album ‘Fear of Death’ is no laughing matter.," 25 Sep. 2020 Such enharmonic transfers often are incorporated into dominant-seventh chords, among the more unstable harmonies in traditional tonal practice. BostonGlobe.com, "Cantata Singers perform a heavenly masterpiece," 3 May 2018 An interesting approach to a tune that's kind of like a blues but with major seventh chords. Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, "Steely Dan's 'Aja' at 40: The Inside Story of the Band's Most Legendary Guitar Solo," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of seventh chord

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Seventh chord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seventh%20chord. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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