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clef Explained

clef at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1576 in a musical sense, from M.Fr. clef, from L. clavis "key." The most common is the treble or G-clef, denoting the G above middle C on the piano. ///

clef at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1500-1600; Language: French; Origin: 'key', from Latin clavis]// a sign at the beginning of a line of written music to show the pitch of the notes// treble/bass clef //

CLEF at English => English (acronym) Of Explained:

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clef at French => English Of Explained:

key, wrench

clef at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

(French: "key") Musical-notation symbol at the beginning of a staff to indicate the pitch of the notes on the staff. Clefs were originally letters, identifying letter-named pitches, that were affixed to one or more of the staff's lines (thus providing a "key" to their identity). Knowing the identity of a single line permitted the musician to identify all the other lines and spaces above and below. Clefs were first regularly used in the 12th cent. The Gothic letter forms of G and F evolved into the modern treble and bass clefs, respectively; the letter C evolved into the rarer alto, tenor, baritone, and soprano clefs.

clef at French => English Of Explained:

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clef at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(music) a symbol at the beginning of a line of printed music (called a STAVE or STAFF) that shows the PITCH of the notes on it:
the treble / bass clef

Clef at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Clef \Clef\ (kl[e^]f; 277), n. [F. clef key, a key in music, fr.
L. clavis key. See {Clavicle}.] (Mus.)
A character used in musical notation to determine the
position and pitch of the scale as represented on the staff.

Note: The clefs are three in number, called the C, F, and G
clefs, and are probably corruptions or modifications of
these letters. They indicate that the letters of
absolute pitch belonging to the lines upon which they
are placed, are respectively C, F, and G. The F or bass
clef, and the G or treble clef, are fixed in their
positions upon the staff. The C clef may have three
positions. It may be placed upon the first or lower
line of the staff, in which case it is called soprano
clef, upon the third line, in which case it called alto
clef, or upon the fourth line, in which case tenor
clef. It rarely or never is placed upon the second
line, except in ancient music. See other forms of C
clef under C, 2.

{Alto clef}, {Bass clef}. See under {Alto}, {Bass}.

clef at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : a musical notation written on a staff indicating the pitch
of the notes following it

clef at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a
Category: Image - :GClef.svg|thumb|right|100px|The G-clef


From Inter: etyl » fro, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » clavis|clāvis|a key|lang=la.


* Inter: rhymes » ɛf


Inter: en-nou » n
  • A symbol found on a musical staff that indicates the pitches indicated by the lines on the staff

    Derived terms

    * alto clef
    • bass clef
    • C clef
    • F clef
    • G clef
    • tenor clef
    • treble clef

      Related terms

      * clave


      Inter: trans-top » musical symbol
    • Afrikaans: Inter: t- » af|sleutel
    • Albanian: Inter: t+ » sq|çelës
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|ключ|m
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|clau
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|klíč|m
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|nøgle
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|sleutel
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|nuottiavain
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|clé|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Schlüssel
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|κλειδί|tr=klidí
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|kulcs
    • Indonesian: Inter: t- » id|kunci musik
    • Irish: Inter: t+ » ga|eochair
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|chiave|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|音部記号|tr=onbu kigō|sc=Jpan
  • Korean: Inter: t- » ko|음자리표|tr=eumjaripyo|sc=Hang
  • Latin: Inter: t+ » la|clavis|f
  • Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|谱号|tr=pǔhào|sc=Hani
  • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|nøkkel
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|klucz|m
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|clave|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|ключ|m|tr=kl'uč
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|iuchair|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|clave|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|klav
  • Tagalog: Inter: t- » tl|klep
  • Turkish: Inter: t- » tr|nota anahtarı
  • Vietnamese: Inter: t- » vi|khóa của âm nhạc
  • Volapük: Inter: t+ » vo|kiküf

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
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    Inter: etyl » la|xno Inter: term » clavem|clāvem|lang=la, accusative of Inter: term » clavis|clāvis|a key|lang=la.


    Inter: xno-noun » f|clés|clef|clés
  • key

  • French

    Alternative forms

    * clé


    Inter: etyl » fro|fr, see below


    * Inter: IPA » /kle/|lang=fr
    • Inter: audio » Fr-clef.ogg|Audio
    • Inter: rhymes » e|lang=fr
    • Inter: homophones » clé|clefs|clés|lang=fr


      Inter: fr-noun » f

  • key

    Derived terms

    * fermer à clef

  • Middle French


    Inter: frm-noun » f
  • key


    Inter: head » frm|adjective Inter: m » f|inv

  • key (vitally important)


    * French: Inter: l » fr|clef, Inter: l » fr|clé

  • Old French


    Inter: etyl » la|fro Inter: term » clavis|clāvis|a key|lang=la.


    Inter: fro-noun » f|clés|clef|clés
  • key


    * French: Inter: l » fr|clef, Inter: l » fr|clé

  • Translation: cs » clef
    Translation: et » clef
    Translation: el » clef
    Translation: es » clef
    Translation: eu » clef
    Translation: fa » clef
    Translation: fr » clef
    Translation: fy » clef
    Translation: ko » clef
    Translation: io » clef
    Translation: id » clef
    Translation: it » clef
    Translation: kn » clef
    Translation: ku » clef
    Translation: lt » clef
    Translation: hu » clef
    Translation: mk » clef
    Translation: mg » clef
    Translation: nl » clef
    Translation: no » clef
    Translation: oc » clef
    Translation: pl » clef
    Translation: pt » clef
    Translation: ru » clef
    Translation: fi » clef
    Translation: sv » clef
    Translation: tr » clef
    Translation: vi » clef
    Translation: zh » clef