variants or less commonly tenso
or tenzon
plural -s
: 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

Word History


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 30 Nov. 2023.

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