a projecting part cut on the end of a piece of wood, etc. for insertion into a corresponding hole (mortise) in another piece in order to form a joint
Origin of tenonMiddle English from Middle French from tenir, to hold: see tenant
- to make a tenon (on)
- to connect by means of a tenon and mortise
A projection on the end of a piece of wood shaped for insertion into a mortise to make a joint.
transitive verbten·oned, ten·on·ing, ten·ons
- To provide with a tenon.
- To join with a tenon.
Origin of tenonMiddle English from Old French from tenir to hold from Latin tenēre ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- A projecting member left by cutting away the wood around it, and made to insert into a mortise, and in this way secure together the parts of a frame.
(third-person singular simple present tenons, present participle tenoning, simple past and past participle tenoned)
- To make a tenon
- First we'll tenon this part, then we'll make a mortise that will fit it on that part.
From Middle French tenon.