Definitions of tenor

  1. ( of a musical instrument) intermediate between alto and baritone or bass; " a tenor sax"
  2. the pitch range of the highest male voice
  3. the adult male singing voice above baritone
  4. an adult male with a tenor voice
  5. A state of holding on in a continuous course; manner of continuity; constant mode; general tendency; course; career.
  6. That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.
  7. Stamp; character; nature.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A person who sings the tenor, or the instrument that play it.
  11. 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.
  12. Pertaining to, or adapted for, the highest adult male voice.
  13. 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.
  14. General course; purport; highest adult male voice; in mus., part between bass and alto; one who sings tenor.
  15. A settled course.
  16. General purport.
  17. The highest adult male voice, or a singer having such a voice.
  18. 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.
  19. General run or currency; character; stamp; purport; sense contained; general course or drift.
  20. 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.

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
  3. Eight or nine years before this Marian Callender had fallen in love with an Italian tenor, singing with enormous success in New York. – Lord John in New York by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  4. I am willing to rely, for my justification from malicious charges, on the general tenor of my actions, and am scarcely averse to buy my brother's reputation at the cost of my own. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  5. Do you know the tenor of it? – The Vicar of Tours by Honore de Balzac
  6. The tenor of the note breathed leisure and composure. – Vicky Van by Carolyn Wells
  7. Some little while later the sound of a clear tenor voice calling to him loudly by name sent Craven stumbling to his feet. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  8. 3. But this is very preposterous, and altogether against the tenor of Scripture, and the method of salvation therein explained. – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  9. Every one of the twenty- three- or twenty- four now, including Julian- had a few words to say, and the tenor of their remarks was identical. – The Devil's Paw by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  10. But the tenor of my thoughts has been changed by the note of the mysterious correspondent. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  11. In my next I shall have to communicate to you a piece of news, which, from the tenor of a conversation like the one of to- day, you would scarcely have anticipated. – The Ghost-Seer (or The Apparitionist), and Sport of Destiny by Frederich Schiller
  12. Gascoigne waited until the new air had been repeated several times, and then giving full scope to his fine tenor voice, sang the first air again. – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat
  13. There was a hush for a second, when a wonderful tenor came in, and seemed to fill the room with a strange melody. – Little Tora, The Swedish Schoolmistress and Other Stories by Mrs. Woods Baker
  14. Also Shylock has one thing in his favour- he is not a tenor. – Shakespeare and Music by Christopher Wilson
  15. The tenor laughed till the walls rang again. – Weird Tales. Vol. I by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  16. They did not like to say much out loud before Prescott, who was known to be Tressamer's friend; but they whispered together, and the tenor of their whispers was precisely that of Prescott's own reflections. – The Queen Against Owen by Allen Upward
  17. From the tenor of your letter I should judge that you entertained some fear that I might compromise you with your future bride, and intimate that my choice may deprive you of yours. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  18. He spoke in a thin tenor; as he talked his mouth worked on one side, and there was always an expression of despair on his face; yet he aroused a deep and genuine affection in her. – The Darling and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  19. Then Victor sang, in a thin tenor voice, the twenty and odd verses of a song called " The Red River Valley;" the last lines of the refrain were always the same and wailed out mournfully upon the dense atmosphere of the room. – In the Brooding Wild by Ridgwell Cullum
  20. The Tenor was good. – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg