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tenuto

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adjective or adverb te·nu·to \tā-ˈnü-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of tenuto

  1. :  held (as a tone or chord) to its full value —used as a direction in music



Origin and Etymology of tenuto

Italian, from past participle of tenere to hold, from Latin tenēre


First Known Use: 1762


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