Tenor meaning

tĕnər
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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.

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The general meaning; the purport or drift.

The tenor of her remarks; the tenor of your message.

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Tenor is the general course or mood of something.

An example of tenor is the general atmosphere of tension at a tense meeting.

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The general course or character of something.
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The word, phrase, or subject with which the vehicle of a metaphor is identified, as life in.
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General course or tendency.

The even tenor of my life.

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General meaning; drift; purport.
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In a metaphor, that term or concept that is described in a figurative way by the vehicle.
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(obs.) General character or nature.
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The exact wording or an exact copy of a legal document.
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In four-part harmony, the second lowest part.
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In a set of bells for ringing changes, the bell with the lowest tone.
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Of, for, or having the range of a tenor.
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(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.
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(music) Musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto.
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A person, instrument, or group that performs in the tenor (higher than bass and lower than alto) range.
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Tone, as of a conversation.
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(linguistics) The subject in a metaphor to which attributes are ascribed.
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(finance) Time to maturity of a bond.
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Stamp; character; nature.
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(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.

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That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.
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Of or pertaining to the tenor part or range.

He has a tenor voice.

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Origin of tenor

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from Latin uninterrupted course from tenēre to hold, continue ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin tenor (“holder"), from teneō (“hold"). In music, from the notion of the one who holds the melody as opposed to the countertenor.

    From Wiktionary