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Alternative forms 
tenor (plural tenors)
|Examples (A tenor singing "O Canada")|
- (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.
- (obsolete) duration; continuance; a state of holding on in a continuous course; general tendency; career.
- Along the cool sequestered vale of life / They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
- (music) Musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto.
- A person, instrument, or group that performs in the tenor (higher than bass and lower than alto) range.
- Tone, as of a conversation.
- (linguistics) The subject in a metaphor to which attributes are ascribed.
- (finance) Time to maturity of a bond.
- Stamp; character; nature.
- This success would look like chance, if it were perpetual, and always of the same tenor.
- (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?)
- That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.
- When it [the bond] is paid according to the tenor.
- Does not the whole tenor of the divine law positively require humility and meekness to all men?
Derived terms 
Coordinate terms 
- (voice types): soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, contralto (female); countertenor, tenor, baritone, bass (male)
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See also 
tenor (not comparable)
- of or pertaining to the tenor part or range
- He has a tenor voice.
of or pertaining to the tenor part or range
- tenor (musical range, person, instrument or group performing in the tenor range)
Inflection of tenor
From teneō (“hold”).