clave

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See also: clavé

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kleɪv/
    • (file)

Verb[edit]

clave

  1. (archaic) simple past tense and past participle of cleave
    • And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Ruth 1:14:
      And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
    • 1868, Thomas Malory, chapter 11, in Le Morte D'Arthur:
      Sir Launcelot put his shield afore him, and put the stroke away of the one giant, and with his sword he clave his head asunder.
    • 1917, H. P. Lovecraft, The Tomb:

Etymology 2[edit]

From Spanish clave, from Latin clāvis (key). Doublet of clef.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

clave (plural claves)

  1. singular of claves

Noun[edit]

clave (plural claves)

  1. (music) A characteristic pattern of beats, especially the 3-2 son clave.

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Asturian[edit]

Verb[edit]

clave

  1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive of clavar

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

clave f

  1. plural of clava

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Latin[edit]

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clāve

  1. ablative singular of clāvis

Noun[edit]

clāve

  1. vocative singular of clāvus

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin clāvis. Compare the inherited chave.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

clave f (plural claves)

  1. (music) clef (symbol)
  2. juggling club

Spanish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Latin clāvis (key). Compare the inherited doublet llave.

Noun[edit]

clave f (plural claves)

  1. (figuratively) key (to a problem or puzzle)
    • 2019 April 2, Ricardo Baixeras, “'Mañana tendremos otros nombres' : las grietas del amor”, in El Periódico[1]:
      Un texto enormemente sugerente sobre los tiempos actuales y venideros, sobre lo que nos configura, sobre los nuevos roles de la masculinidad y la feminidad y sobre la velocidad como clave de lectura de las relaciones, una velocidad que como quería Ralph Waldo Emerson, cuando uno patina sobre hielo fino, es la salvación.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. password
    Synonym: contraseña
  3. code
  4. (music) clef
  5. (music) clave

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  • English: clave

Adjective[edit]

clave (plural clave or claves)

  1. key (important)
    Synonym: importante
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Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

clave

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of clavar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of clavar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of clavar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of clavar.