- Tenor is the highest range of the adult male singing voice, or is a person who sings at that octave.
Pavarotti is an example of a tenor as he has a high singing voice.
- Tenor is the general course or mood of something.
An example of tenor is the general atmosphere of tension at a tense meeting.
tenor definition by Webster's New World
- general course or tendency: the even tenor of my life
- general meaning; drift; purport
- in a metaphor, that term or concept that is described in a figurative way by the vehicle
- Obsolete general character or nature
- the exact wording or an exact copy of a legal document
Origin: ME < MFr tenour < It tenore < L tenor, a holding: the tenor voice “held” the melody (canto fermo)the range of a voice, often, specif., an adult male voice, between baritone and countertenor, usually from about an octave below middle C to an octave above
- a voice or singer with such a range
- an instrument with a similar range within its family, as a tenor saxophone
- a part for such a voice or instrument
- in four-part harmony, the second lowest part
- in a set of bells for ringing changes, the bell with the lowest tone
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin tenere, to hold: see tenant
tenor definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A continuous, unwavering course. See Synonyms at tendency.
- The word, phrase, or subject with which the vehicle of a metaphor is identified, as life in “Life's but a walking shadow” (Shakespeare).
- a. The course of thought or argument running through something written or spoken.b. General sense; purport.
- Law a. The exact meaning or actual wording of a document as distinct from its effect.b. An exact copy of a document.
- Music a. The highest natural adult male voice.b. One who sings this part.c. An instrument that sounds within this range.d. Abbr. T A vocal or instrumental part written within this range.
Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin, uninterrupted course, from tenēre, to hold, continue; see ten- in Indo-European roots.