tenor clef

noun

Definition of tenor clef

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of tenor clef

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


First Known Use: 1714


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