[ tuh-noo-toh; Italian te-noo-taw ]
/ təˈnu toʊ; Italian tɛˈnu tɔ /
Music. (of a note, chord, or rest) held to the full time value.
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Origin of tenuto
1890–95; <Italian: held (past participle of tenere) <Vulgar Latin *tenūtus, for Latin tentus
Words nearby tenuto
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Example sentences from the Web for tenuto
His tone is all through his nose, and his tenuto is like the tremulant stop on the organ.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)|Otto Jahn
Tenuto—(from teneo, to hold)—a direction signifying that the tones are to be prolonged to the full value indicated by the notes.Music Notation and Terminology|Karl W. Gehrkens
British Dictionary definitions for tenuto
/ (tɪˈnjuːtəʊ) /
music (of a note) to be held for or beyond its full time valueSymbol: (written above a note) ¯
Word Origin for tenuto
from Italian, literally: held, from tenere to hold, from Latin tenēre
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