An example of a tenant is a family who rents an apartment.
- a person who pays rent to occupy or use land, a building, etc.
- an occupant of or dweller in a specified place
- a person who possesses lands, etc. by any kind of title
Origin of tenantMiddle English tenaunt ; from Old French tenant, origin, originally present participle of tenir, to hold ; from Classical Latin tenere, to hold ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ten-, to pull, stretch from source thin
- One that pays rent to use or occupy land, a building, or other property owned by another.
- A dweller in a place; an occupant.
tr. & intr.v.ten·ant·ed, ten·ant·ing, ten·ants
Origin of tenantMiddle English, from Old French, from present participle of tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present tenants, present participle tenanting, simple past and past participle tenanted)
- To hold as, or be, a tenant.
tenant - Legal Definition
- The possessor or occupier of land by virtue of any kind of title or right. See tenancy.
- One who pays rent in order to temporarily occupy or possess someone else’s land under the terms of a lease or similar document. See lessee.