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tenement

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noun ten·e·ment \ˈte-nə-mənt\

Simple Definition of tenement

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  any of various forms of corporeal property (as land) or incorporeal property that is held by one person from another

  2. 2 :  dwelling

  3. 3a :  a house used as a dwelling :  residenceb :  apartment, flatc :  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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