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key signature

noun, Music.
(in notation) the group of sharps or flats placed after the clef to indicate the tonality of the music following.
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First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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key signature

(music) a group of sharps or flats appearing at the beginning of each stave line to indicate the key in which a piece, section, etc, is to be performed
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