- (archaic) musical part or section that holds or performs the main melody, as opposed to the contratenor bassus and contratenor altus, who perform countermelodies.
- musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto. Also a person, instrument, or group that performs in that range.
- tone, as in "I don't like the of this conversation."
- (linguistics) The subject in a metaphor to which attributes are ascribed.
- of or pertaining to the tenor part or range
Etymology: From Latin tenor, holder, from tenere, hold. In music, from the notion of the one who holds the melody as opposed to the countertenor.
- He has a voice.
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