tenor

5 ENTRIES FOUND:

1ten·or

noun \ˈte-nər\

: the highest adult male singing voice; also : a singer who has such a voice

: the general or basic quality or meaning of something

Full Definition of TENOR

1
a :  the drift of something spoken or written :  purport
b :  an exact copy of a writing :  transcript
c :  the concept, object, or person meant in a metaphor
2
a :  the melodic line usually forming the cantus firmus in medieval music
b :  the voice part next to the lowest in a 4-part chorus
c :  the highest natural adult male singing voice; also :  a person having this voice
d :  a member of a family of instruments having a range next lower than that of the alto
3
:  a continuance in a course, movement, or activity
4
:  habitual condition :  character

Examples of TENOR

  1. He has a high, lilting tenor.
  2. She asked the tenors to sing the line again.
  3. The tenor of his remarks is clear.

Origin of TENOR

Middle English tenour, from Anglo-French, from Latin tenor uninterrupted course, from tenēre to hold — more at thin
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with TENOR

2tenor

adjective

: having a range that is lower than an alto and higher than a baritone

Full Definition of TENOR

:  relating to or having the range or part of a tenor

Examples of TENOR

  1. Verdi wrote some difficult tenor parts.
  2. She plays the tenor sax.

First Known Use of TENOR

1522

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

tenor

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

High male voice range, extending from about the second B below middle C to the G above it. In the polyphony of the 13th–16th centuries, the tenor was the part that held (Latin, tenere: “to hold”) the cantus firmus. Tenor voices are often classified as dramatic, lyric, or heroic (heldentenor). In instrument families, tenor refers to the instrument in which the central range is roughly that of the tenor voice (e.g., tenor saxophone).

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