from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tenor voice with a striking dramatic or brilliant quality that is well suited for heroic roles, such as those in Wagnerian opera.
- n. A person with such a voice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A singer with a deep, strong voice that spans the range between baritone and tenor
German : Held, hero (from Middle High German helt, from Old High German helid) + Tenor, tenor (from Italian tenore; see tenor).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Heldentenor (Wiktionary)