Definition of Aeolian mode in English:

Aeolian mode


  • The mode represented by the natural diatonic scale A–A (containing a minor 3rd, 6th, and 7th).

    ‘If you play the Aeolian mode over the top of this, the results might not be quite what you expected.’
    • ‘One way to think about the Aeolian mode is to consider the Aeolian mode and Ionian mode the same.’
    • ‘Once Ionian and Aeolian modes became favored modes, the other modes fell quickly out of favor.’
    • ‘The Aeolian mode takes a G sharp at cadences, and has many characteristics in common with the modern minor scale.’
    • ‘You added notes to these chords that made them specific to the Dorian mode, rather than the Aeolian mode.’


Aeolian mode

/ēˈōlēən/ /iˈoʊliən/ /āˈōlēən mōd/ /eɪˈoʊliən moʊd/


Late 18th century from Latin Aeolius, ‘from Aeolis’(an ancient coastal district of Asia Minor) + -an.