Main definitions of te in English

: te1Te2

te1

(North American ti)

noun

  • 1(in tonic sol-fa) the seventh note of a major scale.

    • ‘The seven tones of the major scale are named doh, ray, me, fah, soh, lah and te.’
    1. 1.1 The note B in the fixed-doh system.
      • ‘So the half steps E-F and B-C use the syllables mi-fa and ti-do.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: alteration of si, adopted to avoid having two notes ( soh and si) beginning with the same letter (see solmization).

Pronunciation

te

/tiː/

Main definitions of te in English

: te1Te2

Te2

  • The chemical element tellurium.