Definitions for plagalˈpleɪ gəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pla•gal*ˈpleɪ gəl(adj.)

  1. (of a church mode) having the final in the middle of the compass.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: Compare authentic (def. 4a). 5 1

  2. (of a cadence) progressing from the subdominant to the tonic chord.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: Compare authentic (def. 4b) 5 2

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Origin of plagal:

1590–1600; < ML plagālis=plag(a) plagal mode (appar. back formation from plagius plagal; see plage ) + L -ālis -al1


  1. plagal(Adjective)

    Designating a mode lying a perfect fourth below the authentic form.

  2. plagal(Adjective)

    Designating a cadence in which the subdominant chord precedes the tonic.

  3. Origin: From plagalis, from plaga, from plagius, from Byzantine Greek ‘plagal’, ‘oblique’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plagal(adj)

    having a scale running from the dominant to its octave; -- said of certain old church modes or tunes, as opposed to those called authentic, which ran from the tonic to its octave

Anagrams of plagal

  1. galpal


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