- (British) IPA: /tɛnə(ɹ)/
- (music) A musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto.
- A person, instrument
or group that performs in the tenor higher than bass and lower than alto range.
- (archaic, music) A musical part or section that holds or performs the main melody, as opposed to the contratenor bassus and contratenor altus, who perform countermelodies.
- The lowest tuned in a ring of bells.
- Tone, as of a conversation.
- (obsolete) duration; continuance; a state of holding on in a continuous course; general tendency; career.
- 1790, Adam Smith, “Of the Beauty which the Appearance of Utility Bestows upon the Charactes and Actions of Men; […]”, in The Theory of Moral Sentiments; […] In Two Volumes, volume I, 6th edition, London: Printed for A[ndrew] Strahan; and T[homas] Cadell […]; Edinburgh: W[illiam] Creech, and J. Bell & Co., OCLC 723510352 ↗, part IV (Of the Effect of Utility upon the Sentiment of Approbation), page 481 ↗:
- It is the conſciouſneſs of this merited approbation and eſteem which is alone capable of ſupporting the agent in this tenour of conduct.
- Along the cool sequestered vale of life / They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
- (linguistics) The subject in a metaphor to which attributes are ascribed.
- (finance) Time to maturity of a bond.
- Stamp; character; nature.
- This success would look like chance, if it were perpetual, and always of the same tenor.
- (legal) An exact copy of a writing, set forth in the words and figures of it. It differs from purport, which is only the substance or general import of the instrument.
- That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
- When it [the bond] is paid according to the tenor.
- Does not the whole tenor of the divine law positively require humility and meekness to all men?
- (colloquial, musical instruments) A tenor saxophone.
- German: Tenor
- Portuguese: teor
tenor (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to the tenor part or range.
- He has a tenor voice.
- 2009, Richard Smith, Can't You Hear Me Calling: The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass, Da Capo Press ISBN 9780786731169
- Sometimes Charlie would sing notes that were more tenor than original melody, forcing Bill to sing a high baritone-style line.
- 2012, Lily George, Captain of Her Heart, Harlequin ISBN 9781459221239, page 173
- The door swung open, and a masculine voice—a little more tenor than Brookes's bass tones—called, “Brookes, come in. Do you have your colleague with you?”
- 2015, Michael J. Senger Sr., The Connection, Lulu Press, Inc ISBN 9781257217854
- Kahn was not a big man and he had a voice that was a little more tenor than most preferred.