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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)



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