from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A contention in verse between rival troubadours, before a tribunal of love or gallantry; hence, a subdivision of a chanson composed by one of the contestants or competitors; also, one of the pieces of verse sung by the competitors, for which a peculiar meter was thought appropriate.


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  • Itinerant troubadors tired

    But gigs at the palace required

    They stake their ascents on

    A winnowing tenson,

    Before they were comfortably hired.

    August 26, 2016