Definition of tenson in English:

tenson

Line breaks: ten¦son
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛns(ə)n
 
/
(also tenzon)

noun

historical
1A contest in verse-making between troubadours.
1.1A piece of verse composed for a tenson.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French tenson (related to Provençal tenso), based on Latin tendere 'to stretch'.

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