te·​nu·​to | \ tā-ˈnü-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce tenuto (audio) \

Definition of tenuto

: in a manner so as to hold a tone or chord firmly to its full value used as a direction in music

First Known Use of tenuto

1762, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenuto

borrowed from Italian, from past participle of tenere "to hold," going back to Latin tenēre "to hold, possess" — more at tenant entry 1

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