Definitions of tenor

  1. the pitch range of the highest male voice
  2. an adult male with a tenor voice
  3. A state of holding on in a continuous course; manner of continuity; constant mode; general tendency; course; career.
  4. That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.
  5. Stamp; character; nature.
  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.
  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.
  8. A person who sings the tenor, or the instrument that play it.
  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.
  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.
  11. General course; purport; highest adult male voice; in mus., part between bass and alto; one who sings tenor.
  12. A settled course.
  13. General purport.
  14. The highest adult male voice, or a singer having such a voice.
  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.
  16. General run or currency; character; stamp; purport; sense contained; general course or drift.
  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.
  18. Pertaining to, or adapted for, the highest adult male voice.
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