alto clef

noun

Definition of alto clef

: the C clef when placed on the musical staff to indicate that middle C is on the middle line of the staff

called also viola clef

— see clef illustration

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First Known Use of alto clef

1813, in the meaning defined above

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“Alto clef.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alto%20clef. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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