Definition of common chord in English:

common chord

Pronunciation /ˈkämən kô(ə)rd/ /ˈkɑmən kɔ(ə)rd/


  • A triad containing a root, a major or minor third, and a perfect fifth.

    ‘He introduced pupils first to the notes of the common chord (doh - me - soh), patterning the sounds with the voice and exercising the intervals involved until sound and symbol were firmly associated in the pupil's mind.’
    • ‘Where there is no figure under a note, the convention is that this denotes the most common chord, which Mr Protheroe describes as a root-position chord.’
    • ‘The melody is built out of the intervals of the common chord.’