[ ten-uh n ]
/ ˈtɛn ən /


a projection formed on the end of a timber or the like for insertion into a mortise of the same dimensions.

verb (used with object)

to provide with a tenon.
to join by or as by a tenon.
to join securely.

Origin of tenon

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to ten(ir) to hold (< Latin tenēre) + -on noun suffix

Related forms

ten·on·er, noun

Definition for tenon (2 of 2)


a combining form meaning “tendon,” used in the formation of compound words: tenotomy.
Also tenon-.

Origin of teno-

combining form representing Greek ténōn
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British Dictionary definitions for tenon (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtɛnən) /


the projecting end of a piece of wood formed to fit into a corresponding mortise in another piece

verb (tr)

to form a tenon on (a piece of wood)
to join with a tenon and mortise

Derived Forms

tenoner, noun

Word Origin for tenon

C15: from Old French, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre

British Dictionary definitions for tenon (2 of 2)


before a vowel ten-

combining form


Word Origin for teno-

from Greek tenōn
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