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clef

noun \ˈklef\

music : a sign that is placed at the beginning of a line of written music to show the pitch of the notes

Full Definition of CLEF

:  a sign placed at the beginning of a musical staff to determine the pitch of the notes
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Origin of CLEF

French, literally, key, from Old French, from Latin clavis — more at clavicle
First Known Use: circa 1577

Rhymes with CLEF

CLEF Defined for Kids

clef

noun \ˈklef\

Definition of CLEF for Kids

:  a sign placed on the staff in writing music to show what pitch is represented by each line and space

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