There are 2 definitions of tenor in English:

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noun

1A singing voice between baritone and alto or countertenor, the highest of the ordinary adult male range: the Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings [as modifier]: he had a good tenor voice
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  • Your teachers were all baritones and even your tenor voice has a distinct baritonal touch to it.
  • There is some confusion about exactly what voice he sang; soprano, alto, tenor and bass parts are all ascribed to him.
  • There are eight sopranos, four mezzos, one counter-tenor, three tenors, seven baritones, and two basses.
1.1A singer with a tenor voice.
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  • He was an opera singer who became an agent for divas and tenors.
  • Any singers, especially tenors and basses, would be most welcome to join.
  • He was a great tenor singer and loved to entertain and delight the crowds.
1.2A part written for a tenor voice: several members of the party had been able to put in the tenor and the bass
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  • He offers one of the most pleasing tenors that I have heard in a long time.
  • The second movement, a tenor solo movement, depicts the young lover recollecting his sweet days with the departed.
2 [usually as modifier] An instrument, especially a saxophone, trombone, tuba, or viol, of the second or third lowest pitch in its family: a tenor sax
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  • It's a six-CD box set; they're all short, original songs on tenor saxophone.
  • This threesome functions like a jazz trio, particularly when Parker plays tenor sax.
  • There are very few pieces for tenor sax.
2.1 (in full tenor bell) The largest and deepest bell of a ring or set.
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  • The worst case is when the tenor bell and the smaller bell opposite it are moving in the same direction at the same time.
  • The deep tenor bell rang out for a minute before the crowd sang the hymn.
  • The abbey's tenor bell chimed for the 101st time.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin, based on tenere 'to hold'; so named because the tenor part was allotted (and therefore ‘held’) the melody.

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There are 2 definitions of tenor in English:

tenor2

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noun

1 [in singular] The general meaning, sense, or content of something: the general tenor of the debate
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  • There is a general tenor of pride and a sense of accomplishment.
  • This quote is representative of the general tenor of the site.
  • He gives the reader a good sense of the tenor of the moment.
1.1A settled or prevailing character or direction, especially the course of a person’s life or habits: the even tenor of life in the kitchen was disrupted the following day
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  • His visit disturbed the even tenor of life in the areas of the City through which he passed.
  • Eventually the even tenor of the days at the castle was interrupted by preparations for the festival.
  • From what I hear, the tenor of book publishing seems to be turning up, imitating the stock market.
2 Law The actual wording of a document.
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  • From the tenor of the letters, it is clear to the Court that a parent dictated them.
  • Nothing in the tenor of that speech suggests that the court was seeking to exclude the operation of issue estoppel in these proceedings.
  • I trust the commission to understand the tenor of the legislation.
3 Finance The time that must elapse before a bill of exchange or promissory note becomes due for payment.
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  • The Central Bank came into the market with term deposits for the 7, 14, 21 and 32 days tenors.
  • The floating rate tranche would have a longer tenor of 12 years.
  • The bond had a tenor of five years, with the offer amount initially limited to US $75 million.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French tenour, from Latin tenor 'course, substance, import of a law', from tenere 'to hold'.

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