- The definition of a tenant is someone who rents land or property for their home or business.
An example of a tenant is a family who rents an apartment.
tenant definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
tenant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One that pays rent to use or occupy land, a building, or other property owned by another.
- A dweller in a place; an occupant.
- Law One who holds or possesses lands, tenements, or sometimes personal property by any kind of title.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from present participle of tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
tenant - Business Definition
- A person or entity who makes payments for the use of property owned by someone else.
- One who permanently or temporarily possesses land under some kind of title.
- The occupant of real property.
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.