The third note of the diatonic scale of any key.
More example sentences
- In an interrupted cadence, the lower mediant is substituted for what would have been the new tonic.
- Further along it requires the reader to understand the cycle of fifths and key relationships such as the mediant.
- In the first movement of Sonata 7 in B major the six-bar transition section moves through the tonic minor, the lowered mediant, and the minor dominant before leading to the second theme area in the dominant major.
mid 18th century: from French médiante, from Italian mediante 'coming between', present participle of obsolete mediare 'come between', from late Latin mediare 'be in the middle of'.
Definition of mediant in:
- The US English dictionary