- 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