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Definition of Tenor


  1. A state of holding on in a continuous course; manner of continuity; constant mode; general tendency; course; career.
  2. That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.
  3. Stamp; character; nature.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A person who sings the tenor, or the instrument that play it.

Tenor Quotations

Religion creates community, community creates altruism and altruism turns us away from self and towards the common good... There is something about the tenor of relationships within a religious community that makes it the best tutorial in citizenship and good neighborliness.
Jonathan Sacks

The saxophone is an imperfect instrument, especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes. The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument that is outside of your body.
Stan Getz

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

I wanted my voice to be a tenor sax, really.
Robert Plant

I'm a farmer with a mandolin and a high tenor voice.
Bill Monroe
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Tenor Translations

tenor in Dutch is tenorstem, tenor
tenor in French is teneur
tenor in Swedish is lydelse, mening, riktning, tenor
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