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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“Tenue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenue. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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