Definition of Mixolydian mode in English:

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Mixolydian mode

Pronunciation: /ˌmiksəˈlidēən ˌmōd/


The mode represented by the natural diatonic scale G-G (containing a minor 7th).
Example sentences
  • The measured movement of the shortlined rhyming verses creates his openhearted simplicity: which Britten echoes by setting the narrative in open-eared Anglican liturgical incantation, in the Mixolydian mode on B (flat).
  • Much is made of their singing in the Mixolydian mode.
  • The strident main theme, based on the Mixolydian mode, uses a ‘pedal’ note - a recurring bass note drone on which to pin the harmonic changes above it.’


Late 16th century: Mixolydian from Greek mixo-ludios 'half-Lydian' + -an.

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Syllabification: Mix·o·lyd·i·an mode

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