Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tenor”

See all translations

tenor

noun uk   /ˈten.ər/ us    //

tenor noun (MUSIC)

[C] a male singer with a high voice, or (especially in combinations) a musical instrument that has the same range of notes as the tenor singing voice: a tenor saxophone

tenor noun (CHARACTER)

[U] formal the general meaning, character, or pattern of something: What was the general tenor of his speech?
Translations of “tenor”
in Korean 테너…
in Arabic تينور (مُغنّي الأوبرا ذو الصوت العالي)…
in French ténor…
in Turkish tenor…
in Italian tenore…
in Chinese (Traditional) 音樂, 男高音(歌手), 次中音(樂器)…
in Russian тенор…
in Polish tenor…
in Spanish tenor…
in Portuguese tenor…
in German der Tenor…
in Catalan tenor…
in Japanese テノール, テナー(高域の男声)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 音乐, 男高音(歌手), 次中音(乐器)…
(Definition of tenor from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tenor?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “tenor” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hyphen

the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More