Tenant definition

tĕnənt
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An occupant of or dweller in a specified place.
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One that pays rent to use or occupy land, a building, or other property owned by another.
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A dweller in a place; an occupant.
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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.

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A person who possesses lands, etc. by any kind of title.
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A person who pays rent to occupy or use land, a building, etc.
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To hold as a tenant or be a tenant.
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The possessor or occupier of land by virtue of any kind of title or right. See tenancy.
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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.
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A person with the right to use property for life, with no ability to bequeath same to own heirs.
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One who pays a fee (rent) in return for the use of land, buildings, or other property owned by others.
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One who has possession of any place; a dweller; an occupant.
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(law) One who holds a property by any kind of right, including ownership.
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To hold as, or be, a tenant.
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To hold as a tenant; occupy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tenant
Plural:
tenants

Origin of tenant

  • Middle English from Old French from present participle of tenir to hold from Latin tenēre ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested 1325, from Anglo-Norman tenaunt, from Old French tenant, present participle of tenir (“to hold"), from Latin tenÄ“re, present active infinitive of teneō (“hold, keep").

    From Wiktionary