rental

noun
rent·​al | \ ˈren-tᵊl How to pronounce rental (audio) \

Definition of rental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an amount paid or collected as rent
2 : something that is rented
3 : an act of renting
4 : a business that rents something

rental

adjective

Definition of rental (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of or relating to rent
b : available for rent
2 : dealing in rental property a rental agency

Examples of rental in a Sentence

Noun thousands of dollars paid in rental There are restrictions against rentals to people with pets. The movie is available for rental. Boat rentals are available on the island. I had a rental while my car was being repaired.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Despite the small numbers of people using the public beaches Monday afternoon, the local condo and vacation rental business has made a strong comeback since Alabama governor Kay Ivey ordered the beaches reopen about a month ago. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Memorial Day beach crowds modest as rip tides and strong winds keep people away," 25 May 2020 Travelers have been using the short-term rental service to explore online experiences in the interim. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Where are you dreaming of going post-coronavirus quarantine? Airbnb guests are craving far-away trips," 20 May 2020 Businesses set to open include hotels, motels, vacation rentals, marinas, RV parks, and timeshares, according to a statement from Monroe County. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "The Florida Keys Are Reopening to Tourists Starting June 1," 19 May 2020 Many resort places are once again allowing vacation rentals. The Washington Post, "Talk about Travel," 18 May 2020 Maven, the General Motors ride-sharing and long-term rental service that showed early promise four years ago but had cut back more recently, has shut down operations. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "GM's Car-Sharing Service, Maven, Shuts Down after Four Years," 22 Apr. 2020 The times were very different then: The company launched as a DVD rental service in 1997 and didn’t start streaming content until 2010. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Disney’s streaming service is booming while its other businesses are on hold," 9 Apr. 2020 Another is clothing rental services, such as Rent the Runway Unlimited, which seem to be hitting the right notes on sustainability, a top priority with millennials. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Do you really need new clothes every month? Subscription box novelty has worn off," 12 Mar. 2020 Students have turned to online resources, like free PDFs, Scribd, Amazon and the textbook rental service Chegg. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Why Are Textbooks So Expensive?," 4 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This is in response to Gov. John Carney’s removal of the emergency ban on short-term rental units. USA TODAY, "Disney World, SeaWorld, petrified forest, Wisconsin state fair: News from around our 50 states," 29 May 2020 Search volumes for San Francisco rental units declined 36% soon after shelter-in-place orders took effect, according to a report by listing site Zumper. Sophie Alexander, Bloomberg.com, "Young Join the Rich Fleeing America’s Big Cities for Suburbs," 28 May 2020 New York, more than almost any other city in America, is a city of renters: two-thirds of its households, or 5.4 million people, live in rental units. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "“Can’t Pay May”: Making Rent in New York City During the Pandemic," 18 May 2020 Camden owns interests in and operates 164 properties containing 56,107 rental units across the United States. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Camden Property Trust posts higher earnings, CEO cuts bonus," 7 May 2020 Designed by Dallas architect GFF, the building will have 330 rental units and 6,000 square feet of retail. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Construction starts on Oak Lawn retail and apartment project," 5 May 2020 In San Antonio, at least 130,200 of the city’s 257,300 rental units are on properties covered by the law, according to data analyzed by the San Antonio Apartment Association. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "More than half of S.A. families could be protected from eviction through end of August," 4 May 2020 New York, which has more housing units than any place in the United States, is a city of renters: There are nearly 2.2 million rental units in the city. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "#CancelRent Is New Rallying Cry for Tenants. Landlords Are Alarmed.," 1 May 2020 The landlord, who owns 12 rental units in Montclair, will be forgoing more than $50,000 in rent for the three months, ABC7 reported. Fox News, "New Jersey landlord waives 3 months of rent for tenants: 'It's just good business for us'," 17 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rental.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rental

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rental

Time Traveler for rental

Time Traveler

The first known use of rental was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for rental

Last Updated

2 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rental. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rental

rental

noun
How to pronounce rental (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rental

: the amount of money paid or collected as rent
: the act of renting something
chiefly US : something that can be rented

rental

noun
rent·​al | \ ˈren-tᵊl How to pronounce rental (audio) \

Kids Definition of rental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount paid or collected as rent

rental

adjective

Kids Definition of rental (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or available for rent

rental

noun
rent·​al

Legal Definition of rental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an amount paid or collected as rent
2 : something that is rented
3 : an act of renting
4 : a business that rents something

rental

adjective

Legal Definition of rental (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of or relating to rent
b : available for rent rental property
2 : dealing in rental property a rental agency

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on rental

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for rental

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with rental

Spanish Central: Translation of rental

Nglish: Translation of rental for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of rental for Arabic Speakers

Comments on rental

What made you want to look up rental? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!