- 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.
tenement definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French a holding ; from Midieval Latin tenementum ; from Classical Latin tenere, to hold: see tenant
tenement definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 Property, such as land, rents, or franchises, held by one person leasing it from another.
Origin: Middle English, house, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenēmentum, from Latin tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- tenˌe·menˈtal adjective
tenement - Business Definition
- Property that is leased from someone else.
- A building suitable for human habitation.
- An apartment building housing large numbers of low-income families.
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.