Definition of clef in English:

clef

Syllabification: clef
Pronunciation: /klef
 
/

noun

Music
  • Any of several symbols placed at the left-hand end of a staff, indicating the pitch of the notes written on it.
    More example sentences
    • Guidelines for clefs, key signatures, bar-lines, and notes are similarly drawn in.
    • He also said the pianist may benefit from singing or playing individual parts, especially when there are transposing parts or those that use transposing clefs.
    • For one thing, he himself tells us that he had learned all the old clefs before he was 12.

Origin

late 16th century: from French, from Latin clavis 'key'.

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