Clef definition

klĕf
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A symbol written at the beginning of a musical staff to indicate the pitch of the notes: there are three clefs: G (treble), F (bass), and C (alto or tenor)
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A symbol found on a musical staff that indicates the pitches indicated by the lines on the staff.
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A symbol indicating the pitch represented by one line of a staff, in relation to which the other pitches of the staff can be determined.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
clef
Plural:
clefs

Origin of clef

  • French key from Old French from Latin clāvis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French, from Latin clāvis (“a key”).

    From Wiktionary