noun \ˈte-nənt\

: a person, business, group, etc., that pays to use another person's property : someone who rents or leases a house, apartment, etc., from a landlord

Full Definition of TENANT

a :  one who holds or possesses real estate or sometimes personal property (as a security) by any kind of right
b :  one who has the occupation or temporary possession of lands or tenements of another; specifically :  one who rents or leases (as a house) from a landlord
ten·ant·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of TENANT

  1. A tenant is now leasing the apartment.
  2. <the laundry in the basement is for tenants only>

Origin of TENANT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from present participle of tenir to hold
First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with TENANT


transitive verb

Definition of TENANT

:  to hold or occupy as or as if as a tenant :  inhabit
ten·ant·able \-nən-tə-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of TENANT



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