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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)…
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