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See also: Tenor, tenór, and ténor


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From Latin tenor (holder), from teneō (hold). In music, from the notion of the one who holds the melody as opposed to the countertenor.



tenor (plural tenors)

Examples (A tenor singing "O Canada")
  1. (archaic, music) Musical part or section that holds or performs the main melody, as opposed to the contratenor bassus and contratenor altus, who perform countermelodies.
  2. (obsolete) duration; continuance; a state of holding on in a continuous course; general tendency; career.
    • Gray
      Along the cool sequestered vale of life / They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
  3. (music) Musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto.
  4. A person, instrument, or group that performs in the tenor (higher than bass and lower than alto) range.
  5. Tone, as of a conversation.
    • 1835, William Gilmore Simms, The Partisan, Harper, Chapter XI, page 145:
      Colonel Walton, who had striven to check the conversation at moments when he became conscious of its tenor, now gladly engaged his guest on other and more legitimate topics.
  6. (linguistics) The subject in a metaphor to which attributes are ascribed.
  7. (finance) Time to maturity of a bond.
  8. Stamp; character; nature.
    • Dryden
      This success would look like chance, if it were perpetual, and always of the same tenor.
  9. (law) An exact copy of a writing, set forth in the words and figures of it. It differs from purport, which is only the substance or general import of the instrument.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)
  10. That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.
    • Shakespeare
      When it [the bond] is paid according to the tenor.
    • Spart
      Does not the whole tenor of the divine law positively require humility and meekness to all men?

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tenor (not comparable)

  1. of or pertaining to the tenor part or range
    He has a tenor voice.





tenor c (singular definite tenoren, plural indefinite tenorer)

  1. tenor (musical range, person, instrument or group performing in the tenor range)




From teneō (hold).



tenor m (genitive tenōris); third declension

  1. a holding on, continuance, course, career, duration
  2. a holder


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative tenor tenōrēs
genitive tenōris tenōrum
dative tenōrī tenōribus
accusative tenōrem tenōrēs
ablative tenōre tenōribus
vocative tenor tenōrēs