seventh chord


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 Once this heart-scouring chorale has floated home to G major, the strings trace a descending line that gradually outlines a dominant seventh chord: G–E–C-sharp–A. Matthew Aucoin, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 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, 25 Sep. 2020 Such enharmonic transfers often are incorporated into dominant-seventh chords, among the more unstable harmonies in traditional tonal practice., 3 May 2018 An interesting approach to a tune that's kind of like a blues but with major seventh chords. Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of seventh chord

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seventh chord was in 1866

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“Seventh chord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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