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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin, 'uninterrupted course', from tenere 'to hold'

tenor

1 noun
     
ten‧or1
1 [countable] a male singing voice that can reach the range of notes below the lowest woman's voice, or a man with a voice like this
2 [singular, uncountable] the part of a musical work that is written for a tenor voice [↪ alto, baritone, bass, soprano]:
Arthur Davies sings the tenor solo.
3

the tenor of something

formal
a) the general way in which an event or process takes place [= tone]:
Many voters admitted being disturbed by the tenor of the election campaign.
b) the general meaning of something written or spoken, or the general attitude expressed in it [= tone]:
the general tenor of her speech
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