tenson

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

Definition of tenson

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

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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


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