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tenor (n.)

c. 1300, "general meaning, prevailing course, purpose, drift," from Old French tenor "substance, contents, meaning, sense; tenor part in music" (13c. Modern French teneur), from Latin tenorem (nominative tenor) "a course," originally "continuance, uninterrupted course, a holding on," from tenere "to hold," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch." The musical sense of "high male voice" is attested from late 14c. in English, so-called because the sustained melody (canto fermo) was carried by the tenor's part. Meaning "singer with a tenor voice" is from late 15c. As an adjective in this sense from 1520s.

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Definitions of tenor
1
tenor (n.)
the adult male singing voice above baritone;
Synonyms: tenor voice
tenor (n.)
the pitch range of the highest male voice;
tenor (n.)
an adult male with a tenor voice;
tenor (n.)
a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life;
nothing disturbed the even tenor of her ways
tenor (n.)
the general meaning or substance of an utterance;
although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument
Synonyms: strain
2
tenor (adj.)
(of a musical instrument) intermediate between alto and baritone or bass;
a tenor sax
tenor (adj.)
of or close in range to the highest natural adult male voice;
tenor voice
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