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.