Definition of tenace in English:

tenace

noun

  • (in bridge, whist, and similar card games) a pair of cards in one hand that rank immediately above and below a card held by an opponent, e.g., the ace and queen in a suit of which an opponent holds the king.

    • ‘These tenaces are revealed to the defenders, providing them with additional defense advantages.’
    • ‘Without these tenaces, you would prefer the lead to come up to your partners tenaces.’
    • ‘I give the declarer a chance to lead trumps into my tenaces.’
    • ‘Throwing the lead back to defenders after eliminating safe suits can force them to lead into your tenaces.’
    • ‘Not wishing to lead from one of his tenaces, he opened the ten of spades.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French, from Spanish tenaza, literally pincers.

Pronunciation:

tenace

/ˈtenis//ˈtenˌās/