clave

Definition of clave 

(Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of cleave

clave

noun
\ˈklä-(ˌ)vā, ˈklāv \

Definition of clave (Entry 2 of 2)

: one of a pair of cylindrical hardwood sticks that are used as a percussion instrument

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The beat has a hint of Caribbean clave, while the chords move from minor to major, embracing temporary satisfaction. New York Times, "The Playlist: Frank Ocean Rescues ‘Moon River,’ and 10 More New Songs," 16 Feb. 2018 Just then, the DJ introduces a tango record, and the clave finally catches its breath. Adam Hurly, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Weekend in Cali, Colombia's Salsa Capital," 3 Jan. 2018 Performing live in the Spotify studios, the bassist Jahmal Nichols keeps this quintet steadily bobbing with a simple clave pattern. New York Times, "The Playlist: Frank Ocean Rescues ‘Moon River,’ and 10 More New Songs," 16 Feb. 2018 The entrancing expedition of an album opens with a track highlighted by a hypnotizing clave from Klik & Frik, the cumbia-tripping duo Frikstailers’ side project. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Waxploitation Releases Future Sounds of Argentina: Listen," 23 June 2017 The musician and educator Jadele McPherson led a crowd of about 50 through a basic lesson in Afro-Cuban clave rhythms. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Bringing Tito Puente’s Fire to a New Generation," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of clave

Noun

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clave

Noun

American Spanish, from Spanish, keystone, clef, from Latin clavis

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