[ hel-dn-ten-er; German hel-dn-tey-nohr ]
/ ˈhɛl dnˌtɛn ər; German ˈhɛl dn teɪˌnoʊr /
noun, plural hel·den·ten·ors, German hel·den·te·no·re [hel-dn-tey-noh-ruh]. /ˈhɛl dn teɪˌnoʊ rə/.
a tenor having a brilliant, powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, as in Wagnerian opera.
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Also called heroic tenor.
Origin of heldentenor
1925–30; <German, equivalent to Helden- combining form of Held hero + Tenortenor
Words nearby heldentenor
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British Dictionary definitions for heldentenor
/ German (ˈhɛldəntenoːr) /
noun plural -tenöre (-teˈnøːrə)
a tenor with a powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, esp in Wagner
Word Origin for Heldentenor
literally: hero tenor
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