tenson

noun
ten·​son | \ ˈten(t)sən \
variants: or less commonly tenso \ -​nˌsō \ or tenzon \ -​nzən \
plural -s

Definition of tenson

: 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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History and Etymology for 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

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“Tenson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenson. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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