- the adult male voice intermediate between the bass and the alto or countertenor.
- a part sung by or written for such a voice, especially the next to the lowest part in four-part harmony.
- a singer with such a voice.
- an instrument corresponding in compass to this voice, especially the viola.
- the lowest-toned bell of a peal.
- tenor clef,
- tenor cor,
- tenor horn,
Origin of tenor
Examples from the Web for tenor
The tenor saxophonist was one of the most imaginatively restless artists to ever work a bandstand.
There was never any one criterion for how every trombone or tenor saxophone or singer should sound.
Feeling the tenor of the day shift, he asked: “Are you okay?”
It is the desolation of exiled Tibetans that dominates the tenor here, but it is not the only one.
Irish tenor Ronan Tynan sang at both services, just as he had so many times in New York after 9/11.Boston and New York’s Bravest Are Brothers Bonded by Tragedy|Michael Daly|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the Senate, alarmed at the tenor of his discourses, forbade him to preach.
Dumnil, the tenor, used to steal jewellery from the soprano and contralto of the troop, and get intoxicated with the baritone.History of the Opera from its Origin in Italy to the present Time|Henry Sutherland Edwards
To change the tenor of our thoughts, I asked Littell if he had definitely decided about his trip.A Master Hand|Richard Dallas
Not having such important auxiliaries, I cannot possibly pronounce what was the tenor of Governor Stuyvesant's speech.Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete|Washington Irving
But of the tenor of these thoughts he said nothing; yet Mrs. Caird was satisfied.Playing With Fire|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
- the male voice intermediate between alto and baritone, having a range approximately from the B a ninth below middle C to the G a fifth above it
- a singer with such a voice
- a saxophone, horn, recorder, etc, intermediate in compass and size between the alto and baritone or bass
- (as modifier)a tenor sax
- (in early polyphonic music) the part singing the melody or the cantus firmus
- (in four-part harmony) the second lowest part lying directly above the bass
- the heaviest and lowest-pitched bell in a ring
- (as modifier)a tenor bell
- the exact words of a deed, etc, as distinct from their effect
- an exact copy or transcript
Word Origin for tenor
c.1300, "general meaning, purpose, drift," from Old French tenour "substance, sense" (13c.), from Latin tenorem (nominative tenor) "contents, course," originally "a holding on," from tenere "to hold" (see tenet). The musical sense of "high male voice" is attested from late 14c., because the sustained melody (canto fermo) was carried by the tenor's part.