bass clef

noun

1
: a clef placing the F below middle C on the fourth line of the staff
2
: the bass staff

Examples of bass clef in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adding to the spark was Murphy’s take, whose details are being kept below the bass clef. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Dec. 2022 Beginners and professionals alike unite to reimagine holiday classics — in the bass clef only. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2022 So the notes and chords of the bass clef, my left hand to be specific, were never truly learned properly. Ellyn Laub, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bass clef was in 1737

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“Bass clef.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bass%20clef. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bass clef

noun
1
: a clef that places the F below middle C on the fourth line of the staff
2

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