Origin: ME tenetz, prob. < Anglo-Fr tenetz, receive, hold (imper. for OFr tenez) < OFr tenir, to hold (see tenant): a cry by the server before play
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Origin: Middle English tenetz, tenyes, court tennis
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman tenetz
Origin: and Old French tenez
Origin: , pl. imperative of tenir, to hold
Origin: , from Latin tenēre; see detain.
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