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major key

noun, Music.
a key whose essential harmony is based on the major scale.
Also called major mode.
Origin of major key
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The singer makes use of all the scale tones of the major key of E♭, except the D♮.

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole
  • "Get it yourself," said Farallone quickly, and he fell to whistling in a major key.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • It is pitched in major key: it swells O'Connor's piping note into a trumpet blast.

  • In music the major key wakens a different emotion from the minor.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • major key did not deny the words, but stoutly maintained his loyalty.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • In Normandy the street cries seem to be all in the major key.

    Autumn Impressions of the Gironde Isabel Giberne Sieveking
  • A book of lyrics and other poems written in the major key of cheerfulness and hope.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • He played the minor strains, or what should have been minor, in the major key.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • The major key was rather a great performance than a great success.

    Embarrassments Henry James

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