- The definition of a tenement is a run-down or dilapidated apartment building.
An apartment building that has boarded up windows, leaky plumbing and barely-working heating is an example of a tenement.
- Law land, buildings, offices, franchises, etc. held of another by tenure
- a dwelling house
- a room or set of rooms tenanted as a separate dwelling; apartment; flat
- tenement house
- Old Poet. a dwelling place; abode
Origin of tenementMiddle English ; from Old French a holding ; from Medieval Latin tenementum ; from Classical Latin tenere, to hold: see tenant
- A building for human habitation, especially one that is rented to tenants.
- A rundown, low-rental apartment building whose facilities and maintenance barely meet minimum standards.
- Chiefly British An apartment or room leased to a tenant.
- Law A property of a permanent nature that is possessed or owned, such as land or a building, along with the rights associated with such possession or ownership.
Origin of tenementMiddle English, house, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenēmentum, from Latin tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
tenement - Legal Definition
- Any building, structure, or house attached to the land.
- Any property held by freehold.
- A building used as a residence. See also tenement house.