Tenor is the highest range of the adult male singing voice, or is a person who sings at that octave.(noun)
Pavarotti is an example of a tenor as he has a high singing voice.
Tenor is the general course or mood of something.(noun)
An example of tenor is the general atmosphere of tension at a tense meeting.
See tenor in Webster's New World College Dictionary
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
Origin: OFr < L tenere, to hold: see tenant
See tenor in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman
Origin: , from Latin, uninterrupted course
Origin: , from tenēre, to hold, continue; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
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