- 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.
Origin of tenor
OTHER WORDS FROM tenorten·or·less, adjective
Words nearby tenor
How to use tenor in a sentence
This means artists are left to take health risks at the same moment they’ve been hit with even more financial uncertainty than usual, said Franz Gürtelschmied, a Vienna-based tenor.Why Vienna opera singers are ready to risk their lives to perform in a pandemic|Julia Belluz|September 30, 2020|Vox
To address that, the data science team created new contextual classifications of content, including the emotional tenor of a story, topic targeting and the motivations that audiences felt after reading an article.‘Ripped the Band-Aid on some hard decisions’: How The New York Times is reshaping its ad business for a cookie-less world|Kayleigh Barber|September 21, 2020|Digiday
The move was widely expected, given the tone and tenor of the reports that had piled up dating back to last year, but it might be more noteworthy than a typical resignation.Everything Should Be On The Table For The Houston Rockets. Even James Harden’s Future.|Chris Herring (email@example.com)|September 14, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Soon after, while seated next to a fellow tenor at rehearsal, he learned that TWC was looking for an executive director.
Short and thin strings produce high pitches, which we hear as tenor and treble notes.
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.
“I would expect that,” he says in a soft tenor voice, with the hint of a Southern lilt.Better Than Fiction: The Rise, Fall, And Return of Webb Hubbell|Lloyd Grove|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tenor dies; the prima donna appears to do the same, but the libretto consoles you by declaring that she only swoons.Physiology of The Opera|John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
The Seven-score and four on the six middle Bells, the treble leading, and the tenor lying behind every change, makes good Musick.
These Rules (leaving out the Tenor) serves for five bells; and leaving out the fifth and Tenor, they serve for four bells.
In the metal of the tenor several coins are visible, one being a Spanish dollar of 1742.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
He passed them by, and haughty tenor and swaggering basso again took heart of grace.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for tenor
- 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