- a Provençal poem taking the form of a dialogue or debate between two rival troubadours.
Origin of tenson
1830–40; < French; Old French tençon < Provençal tensoun, tenso contest, dispute < Latin tēnsiōn- (stem of tēnsiō); see tension
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Examples from the Web for tenson
The tenson or debate is in dialogue form, and when there are more than two disputants is called torneijamens.A Short History of French Literature
This group contains two-part songs, arranged dialogue-fashion, like a debat or a tenson.A Syllabus of Kentucky Folk-Songs
Hubert G. Shearin
Suppose, doctor, you were to get up a tenson a little more relative to our own wise days.Gryll Grange
Thomas Love Peacock
Among the Troubadours, this species of musical dialogue took the form of the tenson, or contention.
Disputes before these courts usually took the form of the tenson, or contention, already described.