tenor clef


: the C clef when placed on the musical staff to indicate that middle C is on the fourth line from the bottom of the staff see clef illustration

Word History


so called from the fact that such a staff is most convenient for writing notes within the tenor voice range

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tenor clef was in 1714

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“Tenor clef.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenor%20clef. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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