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  1. (archaic) musical part or section that holds or performs the main melody, as opposed to the contratenor bassus and contratenor altus, who perform countermelodies.
    1. musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto. Also a person, instrument, or group that performs in that range.
    2. tone, as in "I don't like the of this conversation."
    3. (linguistics) The subject in a metaphor to which attributes are ascribed.
    1. of or pertaining to the tenor part or range
    He has a voice.
      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.

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