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hel·den·te·noralso Hel·den·te·nor (hĕl′dən-tə-nôr′)
1. A tenor voice with a striking dramatic or brilliant quality that is well suited for heroic roles, such as those in Wagnerian opera.
2. A person with such a voice.
[German : Held, hero (from Middle High German helt, from Old High German helid) + Tenor, tenor (from Italian tenore; see tenor).]
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n, pl -tenöre (-teˈnøːrə)
(Classical Music) a tenor with a powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, esp in Wagner
[literally: hero tenor]
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hel•den•ten•or(ˈhɛl dnˌtɛn ər; Ger. ˈhɛl dn teɪˌnoʊr)
n., pl. -ten•ors, Ger. -te•no•re (-teɪˌnoʊ rə)
a tenor having a powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, as in Wagnerian opera.
[1925–30; < German, =Helden-, comb. form of Held hero + Tenor tenor]
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Hero tenor in German. A tenor with the power to sing above the sound of a large orchestra.
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