ten·​u·​is ˈten-yə-wəs How to pronounce tenuis (audio)
plural tenues ˈten-yə-ˌwēz How to pronounce tenuis (audio)
: an unaspirated voiceless stop

Word History


borrowed from Medieval Latin (as translation of Greek psīlós "bare, plain," applied to the consonants π, τ, κ), going back to Latin, "thin, narrow, slight" — more at thin entry 1

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tenuis was in 1650

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Cite this Entry

“Tenuis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenuis. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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