(in notation) the group of sharps or flats placed after the clef to indicate the tonality of the music following.
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Origin of key signature
First recorded in 1870–75
Words nearby key signature
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Example sentences from the Web for key signature
Key-signature; how determine whether a major or minor key.24, 25.Music Notation and Terminology|Karl W. Gehrkens
British Dictionary definitions for 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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