noun \ˈte-nə-mənt\

: a large building that has apartments or rooms for rent and that is usually in a poorer part of a city

Full Definition of TENEMENT

:  any of various forms of corporeal property (as land) or incorporeal property that is held by one person from another
:  dwelling
a :  a house used as a dwelling :  residence
b :  apartment, flat
c :  tenement house

Examples of TENEMENT

  1. <an exhibit of pictures showing the tenements of the New York City neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen during the 1920s>

Origin of TENEMENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin tenementum, from Latin tenēre to hold — more at thin
First Known Use: 14th century


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