tenue

noun te·nue \ tənᵫ̅ \

Definition of tenue

plural tenues \"\
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 wife
  • Young's Magazine

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of tenue

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


Learn More about tenue

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of tenue


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tenue? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

serious difficulty or misfortune

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!