Definition of tenon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtenən/


A projecting piece of wood made for insertion into a mortise in another piece.
Example sentences
  • One piece of wood has tenons that fit into matching sockets drilled into another piece of wood.
  • They employ hand-chiseled mortises and tenons.
  • The frame is completely made of wooden parts solidly linked by many mortises and tenons held together by a sophisticated system of brackets.


[with object] (usually be tenoned)
1Join by means of a tenon.
Example sentences
  • The thin drawer blades were merely tenoned into the case walls.
  • The deep side rails are tenoned into shallow legs.
  • The joined struts are mortised and tenoned to both the joists and rafters.
1.1Cut as a tenon.



Example sentences
  • These tenoners vary in size.
  • The tenoners were designed for accuracy over time and a dramatic reduction in set-up time.
  • Some machinery manufacturers are working to produce tenoners that can cut a curved arch in one through-feed.


Late Middle English: from French, from tenir 'to hold', from Latin tenere.

Words that rhyme with tenon

Lennon, pennon

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Syllabification: ten·on

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