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[ten-sohn] /tɛnˈsoʊn/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The tenson or debate is in dialogue form, and when there are more than two disputants is called torneijamens.

  • This group contains two-part songs, arranged dialogue-fashion, like a debat or a tenson.

  • 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.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • Disputes before these courts usually took the form of the tenson, or contention, already described.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • When more than two singers took part in a tenson, it became a tournament.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson

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