tenor: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ten'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. the course of thought or meaning that runs through something written or spoken; purport; drift.
  2. continuous course, progress, or movement.
  3. the subject of a metaphor, as “she” in “She is a rose.” Cf.(def. 8).
    1. the adult male voice intermediate between the bass and the alto or countertenor.
    2. a part sung by or written for such a voice, esp. the next to the lowest part in four-part harmony.
    3. a singer with such a voice.
    4. an instrument corresponding in compass to this voice, esp. the viola.
    5. the lowest-toned bell of a peal.
  4. quality, character, or condition.
  1. of, pertaining to, or having the compass of a tenor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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