noun ten·ure \ˈten-yər also -ˌyr\

: the amount of time that a person holds a job, office, or title

: the right to keep a job (especially the job of being a professor at a college or university) for as long as you want to have it

law : the right to use property

Full Definition of TENURE

:  the act, right, manner, or term of holding something (as a landed property, a position, or an office); especially :  a status granted after a trial period to a teacher that gives protection from summary dismissal
:  grasp, hold
ten·ur·able \-ə-bəl\ adjective
te·nur·ial \te-ˈnyr-ē-əl\ adjective
te·nur·ial·ly \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of TENURE

  1. During his tenure as head coach, the team won the championship twice.
  2. her 12-year tenure with the company
  3. His tenure in office will end with the next election.
  4. After seven years I was finally granted tenure.
  5. He hopes to get tenure next year.
  6. The defendant did not have tenure on the land.
  7. land tenure in Anglo-Saxon Britain
  8. … but there is also about it just the trace of the nettlesome righteousness that alienated much of Washington during his tenure there, the not-so-subtle suggestion that while he might be in politics, he is not of politics and certainly not, God_forbid, a politician. —Jim Wooten, New York Times Magazine, 29 Jan. 1995

Origin of TENURE

Middle English, from Anglo-French teneure, tenure, from Medieval Latin tenitura, from Vulgar Latin *tenitus, past participle of Latin tenēre to hold — more at thin
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


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