See also: Tenor, tenór, and ténor

EnglishEdit

 Tenor (disambiguation) on Wikipedia

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English tenour, from Anglo-Norman tenour, from Old French tenor (substance, contents, meaning, sense; tenor part in music), from Latin tenor (course, continuance; holder), from teneō (I hold). In music, from the notion of the one who holds the melody, as opposed to the countertenor.

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tenor (countable and uncountable, plural tenors)

Examples (A tenor singing "O Canada")
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  1. (music) A musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto.
  2. A person, instrument, or group that performs in the tenor (higher than bass and lower than alto) range.
  3. (archaic, music) A musical part or section that holds or performs the main melody, as opposed to the contratenor bassus and contratenor altus, who perform countermelodies.
  4. The lowest tuned in a ring of bells.
  5. Tone, as of a conversation.
    • 1835, William Gilmore Simms, The Partisan, Harper, Chapter XI, page 145:
      Colonel Walton, who had striven to check the conversation at moments when he became conscious of its tenor, now gladly engaged his guest on other and more legitimate topics.
  6. (obsolete) duration; continuance; a state of holding on in a continuous course; general tendency; career.
  7. (linguistics) The subject in a metaphor to which attributes are ascribed.
  8. (finance) Time to maturity of a bond.
  9. Stamp; character; nature.
  10. (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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)
  11. That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
      When it [the bond] is paid according to the tenor.
    • 1832, Caroline Wilson, The Listener
      He would have learned , by the whole tenor of the divine law , and especially by the example of the absent Lord , whose property he was for a season trusted with , that he was to do as much good to humanity , and win as much glory to God, as was compatible with the measure of his trust, and for the time for which he might retain it.
    • 1960 March, “Testing a rebuilt "Merchant Navy" Pacific of the S.R.”, in Trains Illustrated, page 169:
      The general tenor of the report on No. 35020 is that all the improvements in performance aimed at in the rebuilding of these engines have been achieved.
  12. (colloquial, music) A tenor saxophone.

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AdjectiveEdit

tenor (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the tenor part or range.
    He has a tenor voice.
    • 1962, Frank Howard Richardson, For Parents Only: The Doctor Discusses Discipline:
      Many a star athlete has very little hair anywhere except what he wears on top of his head, and a voice that is absolutely tenor.
    • 2009, Richard Smith, Can't You Hear Me Calling: The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass, Da Capo Press →ISBN
      Sometimes Charlie would sing notes that were more tenor than original melody, forcing Bill to sing a high baritone-style line.
    • 2012, Lily George, Captain of Her Heart, Harlequin →ISBN, page 173
      The door swung open, and a masculine voice—a little more tenor than Brookes's bass tones—called, “Brookes, come in. Do you have your colleague with you?”
    • 2015, Michael J. Senger Sr., The Connection, Lulu Press, Inc →ISBN
      Kahn was not a big man and he had a voice that was a little more tenor than most preferred.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin tenor, tenōrem.

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tenor m (plural tenors)

  1. tone, tendency
  2. tenor

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CzechEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin teneo.

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tenor m

  1. tenor (musical range)

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  • tenor in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • tenor in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

DanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /teˈnoːr/, [teˈnoˀɐ̯]

NounEdit

tenor c (singular definite tenoren, plural indefinite tenorer)

  1. tenor (musical range, person, instrument or group performing in the tenor range)

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch tenore, from Medieval Latin tenor or Italian tenore, from Latin tenor.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /təˈnɔr/
  • Hyphenation: nor
  • Rhymes: -ɔr

NounEdit

tenor m (plural tenoren or tenors)

  1. tenor

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IdoEdit

VerbEdit

tenor

  1. future infinitive of tenar

IndonesianEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈtɛnɔr]
  • Hyphenation: tè‧nor

NounEdit

tenor (plural, first-person possessive tenorku, second-person possessive tenormu, third-person possessive tenornya)

  1. tenor:
    1. (music) a musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto.
    2. (music) a person, instrument or group that performs in the tenor (higher than bass and lower than alto) range.
    3. (finance) time to maturity of a bond.

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

teneō (to hold) +‎ -or (abstract noun suffix)

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tenor m (genitive tenōris); third declension

  1. a sustained, continuous course or movement
  2. a course, tenor (a way of proceeding)
  3. continuity (of events, conditions etc)
  4. the line, spirit (of a document)
  5. a tone (of sound or color); stress (of the voice)
  6. (Medieval Latin) a seisin

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative tenor tenōrēs
Genitive tenōris tenōrum
Dative tenōrī tenōribus
Accusative tenōrem tenōrēs
Ablative tenōre tenōribus
Vocative tenor tenōrēs

DescendantsEdit

  • Catalan: tenor
  • Old French: tenor
  • Galician: teor

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Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

tenor

  1. Alternative form of tenour

Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Italian tenore, via French ténor and German Tenor

NounEdit

tenor m (definite singular tenoren, indefinite plural tenorer, definite plural tenorene)

  1. tenor (singing voice or singer; pitch of a musical instrument)

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Italian tenore, via French ténor and German Tenor

NounEdit

tenor m (definite singular tenoren, indefinite plural tenorar, definite plural tenorane)

  1. tenor (singing voice or singer; pitch of a musical instrument)

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Etymology 1Edit

From tenir, cf. also Late Latin tentor.

NounEdit

tenor m (oblique plural tenors, nominative singular tenors, nominative plural tenor)

  1. holder; possessor (one who possesses; one who has)

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Etymology 2Edit

Inherited from Latin tenor, tenōrem.

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tenor f (oblique plural tenors, nominative singular tenor, nominative plural tenors)

  1. possession
  2. content (of a letter)

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin tenor, tenōrem, with the sense of "tenor" taken from Italian tenore.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /teˈnoɾ/, [t̪eˈnoɾ]

NounEdit

tenor m (plural tenores)

  1. tenor
  2. (formal) sense, meaning

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  • norte (see for more anagrams)

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