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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 saxophoneVoice rangesMusical instruments in general

tenor noun (CHARACTER)

[U] formal the general meaning, character, or pattern of something: What was the general tenor of his speech?Conditions and characteristicsMeaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying
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