ten·​ant·​ry ˈte-nən-trē How to pronounce tenantry (audio)
plural tenantries
: a body of tenants

Word History


Middle English tenauntry "property let in exchange for money or feudal service, body of tenants," from tenaunt tenant entry 1 + -ry -ry

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tenantry was in the 14th century

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“Tenantry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenantry. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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