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

Italian, from past participle of tenere to hold, from Latin tenēre

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The first known use of tenuto was in 1762

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