The definition of a tenement is a run-down or dilapidated apartment building.(noun)
An apartment building that has boarded up windows, leaky plumbing and barely-working heating is an example of a tenement.
See tenement in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OFr, a holding < ML tenementum < L tenere, to hold: see tenant
See tenement in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, house
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Medieval Latin tenēmentum
Origin: , from Latin tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
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