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Definitions of tenor

  1. the pitch range of the highest male voice Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an adult male with a tenor voice Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A state of holding on in a continuous course; manner of continuity; constant mode; general tendency; course; career. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Stamp; character; nature. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An exact copy of a writing, set forth in the words and figures of it. It differs from purport, which is only the substance or general import of the instrument. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The higher of the two kinds of voices usually belonging to adult males; hence, the part in the harmony adapted to this voice; the second of the four parts in the scale of sounds, reckoning from the base, and originally the air, to which the other parts were auxillary. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A person who sings the tenor, or the instrument that play it. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Usual manner; general tendency or drift; as, the tenor of his conversation; purport; the highest of adult male voices; a part written for this voice; one who sings the part written for the highest adult male voice, or the instrument that plays it. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Continuity of state: general run of currency: purport: the higher of the two kinds of voices usually belonging to adult males: the part next above the bass in a vocal quartette: one who sings tenor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. General course; purport; highest adult male voice; in mus., part between bass and alto; one who sings tenor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A settled course. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. General purport. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. The highest adult male voice, or a singer having such a voice. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Continued run or currency; whole course or strain; stamp; character; purport; general drift; the higher and most common natural pitch of a man's voice in singing; the part of a tune adapted to this pitch of voice; the person who sings the tenor, or the instrument that plays it. Tenor-bass voice, the second species of the male voices, reckoning from the bass, or deepest. Tenor-clef, the C clef, when placed on the fourth line of the stave. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. General run or currency; character; stamp; purport; sense contained; general course or drift. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. The higher of the two kinds of voices usually belonging to adult males; the middle part next above the bass in a piece of music arranged for four voices; the persons who sing the tenor, or the instrument that plays it. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. Pertaining to, or adapted for, the highest adult male voice. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for tenor

  1. Her husband was a fine tenor singer and I knew she would help me get something to do. – Sixty Years of California Song by Margaret Blake-Alverson
  2. Often his brother would join him in a duet with his agreeable tenor – Early Letters of George Wm. Curtis by G. W. Curtis, ed. George Willis Cooke
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