grand staff

variants: or less commonly grand stave

Definition of grand staff

: a pair of five-line staffs connected by a brace that contain the music for a single instrument (such as a piano, xylophone, or harp) Middle C, located near the center of the keyboard, falls in the center of the grand staff.— Tricia Woods, Easy Soloing for Jazz Keyboard, 2008 also : a set of three five-line staffs that contain the music for an organ’s manuals and pedals

called also great staff, great stave

— see staff

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First Known Use of grand staff

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Grand staff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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