noun ten·son \ˈten(t)sən\
variants: less commonly


\-nˌsō\ or



Definition of tenson



  1. :  a lyric poem of dispute composed by Provençal troubadours in which two opponents speak alternate stanzas, lines, or groups of lines usually identical in structure — compare débat, partimen

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Origin and Etymology of tenson

tenson from French, from Middle French tençon, tenson, from Provençal tensoun; tenzon from Italian tenzone, from Provençal tensoun; tenso from Proverbs tensoun, tenso quarrel, contest, tenson, from Latin tension-, tensio tension — more at tension

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