te·​nue | \tənᵫ̅\
plural tenues\" \

Definition of tenue 

1 : bearing, carriage, deportment the sacrifices made in the sacred name of tenue … the smiles amiably exchanged in public between mortal enemies— Victoria Sackville-West

2 : mode of dress the long black coat with the lavender trousers and mauve vest that must have been his tenue when he married his first wifeYoung's Magazine

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History and Etymology for tenue

French, from feminine of tenu, past participle of tenir to hold, from Old French

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