te·nu·to | \tā-ˈnü-(ˌ)tō \

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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