co·​ten·​ant (ˌ)kō-ˈte-nənt How to pronounce cotenant (audio)
variants or co-tenant
plural cotenants or co-tenants
: one who is a tenant along with one or more other tenants
two businesses that have been cotenants in the same building for many years
Should the relationship deteriorate, it is more difficult to get rid of a co-tenant whose name is on the lease than someone who has signed only a roommate agreement.Susan Stellin

Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cotenant was in 1856

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“Cotenant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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