Dictionary.com

tenace

[ ten-eys ]
/ ˈtɛnˌeɪs /
Save This Word!

noun Whist, Bridge.
a sequence of two high cards of the same suit that lack an intervening card to be in consecutive order, as the ace and queen.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of tenace

1645–55; <Spanish tenazas tongs, tenace (in card games), derivative of tenaz ≪ Latin tenāxtenacious; compare Medieval Latin tenācēs forceps
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use tenace in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tenace

tenace
/ (ˈtɛneɪs) /

noun
bridge whist a holding of two nonconsecutive high cards of a suit, such as the ace and queen

Word Origin for tenace

C17: from French, from Spanish tenaza forceps, ultimately from Latin tenāx holding fast, from tenēre to hold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK