English definition of “tender”
GENTLE › kind and gentle: a tender kiss/look
FOOD › Tender meat or vegetables are soft and easy to cut.
PAINFUL › If part of your body is tender, it is painful when you touch it.
at the tender age of 8/17/25, etc literary › at the young age of 8/17/25, etc: She first appeared on stage at the tender age of 14. tenderness noun [U]