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[hel-dn-ten-er; German hel-dn-tey-nohr] /ˈhɛl dnˌtɛn ər; German ˈhɛl dn teɪˌnoʊr/
noun, plural heldentenors German, heldentenore
[hel-dn-tey-noh-ruh] /ˈhɛl dn teɪˌnoʊ rə/ (Show IPA)
a tenor having a brilliant, powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, as in Wagnerian opera.
Also called heroic tenor.
Origin of heldentenor
1925-30; < German, equivalent to Helden- combining form of Held hero + Tenor tenor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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noun (pl) -tenöre (-teˈnøːrə)
a tenor with a powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, esp in Wagner
Word Origin
literally: hero tenor
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