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[ten-duh ns] /ˈtɛn dəns/
attention; care; ministration, as to the sick.
Archaic. servants or attendants.
Origin of tendance
First recorded in 1565-75; aphetic variant of attendance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As to the rector's tendance of his child, his tone was very cool and guarded.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Mrs. Transome yielded at last, and let Esther soothe her with a daughter's tendance.

  • His love and His might guard the little one in the tendance of its parents.

  • As to the Rector's tendance of his child his tone was very cool and guarded.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • His brother will take it well of thee if thou wilt stay with him till some tendance can be had.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Her simple, kindly nature had turned in solicitude and affection to this springing life that responded to her tendance.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • Long nights, too, at first with hourly tendance and then presently without.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Her tendance revived Wallace, but she kept up the outward pretence that he was dead.

    Sir William Wallace A. F. Murison
  • He would accept no tendance but that of Mary Woodruff; to her, as to his children, he kept up the pretence of gout.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • He had to go to the Rectory dinner-party, and leave his neophyte to the tendance of the Underwoods.

British Dictionary definitions for tendance


(rare) care and attention; ministration
(obsolete) attendants collectively
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