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tenuto

[ tuh-noo-toh; Italian te-noo-taw ]

adjective

  1. Music. (of a note, chord, or rest) held to the full time value.


tenuto

/ tɪˈnjuːtəʊ /

adjective

  1. music (of a note) to be held for or beyond its full time value written above a note


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tenuto1

1890–95; < Italian: held (past participle of tenere ) < Vulgar Latin *tenūtus, for Latin tentus

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tenuto1

from Italian, literally: held, from tenere to hold, from Latin tenēre

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Example Sentences

His tone is all through his nose, and his tenuto is like the tremulant stop on the organ.

Tenuto—(from teneo, to hold)—a direction signifying that the tones are to be prolonged to the full value indicated by the notes.

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