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Picardy third

noun, Music.
1.
a major third in the final tonic chord of a composition written in a minor key.
Origin
translation of French tierce de Picardy
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Picardy third

noun
1.
(music) a major chord used in the final chord of a piece of music in the minor mode Also called tierce de Picardie
Word Origin
translation of French tierce de Picardie, from its use in the church music of Picardy
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