noun Music the third note of the diatonic scale of any key.
C18: from Fr. médiante, from Ital. mediante 'coming between'.

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  • Mediant — Me di*ant, n. [L. medians, p. p. of mediare to halve: cf. It. mediante, F. m[ e]diante.] (Mus.) The third above the keynote; so called because it divides the interval between the tonic and dominant into two thirds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mediant — англ. [ми/диэнт] mediante ит., нем. [мэдиа/нтэ] médiante фр. [мэдиа/нт] верхняя медианта (III ступ.) …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • mediant — (n.) third note of the diatonic scale, 1753, from It. mediante, from L.L. mediantem (nom. medians) dividing in the middle, prp. of mediare to be in the middle (see MEDIAL (Cf. medial) (adj.)). So called from being midway between the tonic and the …   Etymology dictionary

  • mediant — [mē′dē ənt] n. [It mediante < LL medians, prp. of mediare: see MEDIATE] the third degree of a major or minor scale …   English World dictionary

  • Mediant — For mediant in mathematics, see mediant (mathematics). Tonic and mediant (dominant parallel or tonic counter parallel) in C major: CM and Em chords   …   Wikipedia

  • mediant — noun Etymology: Italian mediante, from Late Latin mediant , medians, present participle of mediare to be in the middle Date: 1822 the third tone of a major or minor scale …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mediant — /mee dee euhnt/, n. the third degree of a major or minor musical scale. [1720 30; < It mediante < LL mediant (s. of medians), prp. of mediare to be in the middle. See MEDIUM, ANT] * * * …   Universalium

  • mediant — me•di•ant [[t]ˈmi di ənt[/t]] n. mad the third tone of an ascending diatonic scale • Etymology: 1720–30; < It mediante < LL mediant (s. of mediāns) …   From formal English to slang

  • Mediant (mathematics) — For mediant in music, see mediant. Mediant should not be confused with median. In mathematics, the mediant (sometimes called freshman sum) of two fractions is that is to say, the numerator and denominator of the mediant are the sums of the… …   Wikipedia

  • mediant — noun /ˈmidiənt/ The third degree of the diatonic scale …   Wiktionary

  • mediant — me|di|ant Mot Agut Nom femení …   Diccionari Català-Català

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