C c


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klef]
    • /klɛf/
    • /klef/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klef]
    • /klɛf/

Definitions of clef word

  • countable noun clef A clef is a symbol at the beginning of a line of music that indicates the pitch of the written notes. 3
  • noun clef one of several symbols placed on the left-hand side beginning of each stave indicating the pitch of the music written after it 3
  • noun clef 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) 3
  • noun clef a symbol placed upon a staff to indicate the name and pitch of the notes corresponding to its lines and spaces. 1
  • noun clef Any of several symbols placed at the left-hand end of a staff, indicating the pitch of the notes written on it. 1
  • noun clef musical notation 1

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Origin of clef

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
1570-80; < Middle French < Latin clāvis key

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Parts of speech for Clef


clef popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for clef

verb clef

  • form — external appearance of a clearly defined area, as distinguished from color or material; configuration: a triangular form.
  • devise — If you devise a plan, system, or machine, you have the idea for it and design it.
  • set up — the act or state of setting or the state of being set.
  • conceive — If you cannot conceive of something, you cannot imagine it or believe it.
  • invent — to originate or create as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph.

Antonyms for clef

verb clef

  • destroy — To destroy something means to cause so much damage to it that it is completely ruined or does not exist any more.
  • ruinruins, the remains of a building, city, etc., that has been destroyed or that is in disrepair or a state of decay: We visited the ruins of ancient Greece.
  • disorganize — to destroy the organization, systematic arrangement, or orderly connection of; throw into confusion or disorder.
  • demolish — To demolish something such as a building means to destroy it completely.
  • wreck — any building, structure, or thing reduced to a state of ruin.

Top questions with clef

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