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tenor clef

noun, Music.
a sign locating middle C on the next to the top line of the staff.
Origin of tenor clef
First recorded in 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The young workman grinned: "Soyons de notre siecle," said he, and departed whistling in the tenor clef.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • It would be possible to write this passage entirely in the tenor clef, using only three leger lines above.

    Chats to 'Cello Students Arthur Broadley
  • 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
  • The first song was written in the soprano clef; the second has tenor clef but two solo voices; neither was made for Ehlers.

  • Exit whistling in the tenor clef; and keeping their hearts up, like a man.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for tenor clef

tenor clef

the clef that establishes middle C as being on the fourth line of the staff, used for the writing of music for the bassoon, cello, or tenor trombone See also C clef
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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