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alto clef

noun, Music.
a sign locating middle C on the third line of the staff.
Also called viola clef.
Origin of alto clef
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Primarily (besides the bass clef), in Italy and Germany, only the tenor clef was used, and the alto clef in France.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
British Dictionary definitions for alto clef

alto clef

the clef that establishes middle C as being on the third line of the staff Also called viola clef See also C clef
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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