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tenant

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noun ten·ant \ˈte-nənt\

Definition of tenant

  1. 1a :  one who has the occupation or temporary possession of lands or tenements of another; specifically :  one who rents or leases a dwelling (such as a house) from a landlordb :  one who holds or possesses real estate or sometimes personal property (such as a security) by any kind of right

  2. 2 :  occupant, dweller

tenantless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of tenant in a Sentence

  1. A tenant is now leasing the apartment.

  2. the laundry in the basement is for tenants only

tenets vs. tenants

Thanks to its confusingly similar pronunciation, tenant (“occupant, land-holder”) is sometimes erroneously used in place of tenet (“principle, doctrine”). Consider this example:

One of the ancient tenants of the Buddist [sic] belief is, “He who sits still, wins” –Police, January/February 1968

You will probably never make the opposite mistake (that is, substitute tenet for tenant), but if you think you might, remember that tenant and occupant both end in -ant.

Origin and Etymology of tenant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from present participle of tenir to hold


First Known Use: 14th century


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tenant

verb ten·ant

Definition of tenant

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to hold or occupy as or as if as a tenant :  inhabit

tenantable

play \-nən-tə-bəl\ adjective

1634

First Known Use of tenant

1634



TENANT Defined for English Language Learners

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tenant

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noun ten·ant \ˈte-nənt\

Definition of tenant for English Language Learners

  • : a person, business, group, etc., that pays to use another person's property : someone who rents or leases a house, apartment, etc., from a landlord


TENANT Defined for Kids

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tenant

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noun ten·ant \ˈte-nənt\

Definition of tenant for Students

  1. :  a person or business that rents property from its owner


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tenant

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verb ten·ant

Definition of tenant for Students

tenanted

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tenanting

  1. :  to hold or live in as a renter


Law Dictionary

tenant

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noun ten·ant \ˈte-nənt\

Legal Definition of tenant

  1. :  one who holds or possesses property by any kind of right :  one who holds a tenancy in property; specifically :  one who possesses property in exchange for payment of rent — see also lessee — compare tenancy

Origin and Etymology of tenant

Anglo-French, from Old French, from present participle of tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre



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