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clef

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noun \ˈklef\

Simple Definition of clef

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of clef

  1. :  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

chef, deaf, ef, f, kef, lev, ref, teff


CLEF Defined for Kids

clef

play
noun \ˈklef\

Definition of clef for Students

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




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