|Origin:||Latin, 'uninterrupted course', from tenere 'to hold'|
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.
the general way in which an event or process takes place [= tone]:
Many voters admitted being disturbed by the tenor of the election campaign.
the general meaning of something written or spoken, or the general attitude expressed in it [= tone]:
the general tenor of her speech