tenement house


: apartment building
especially : one meeting minimum standards of sanitation, safety, and comfort and usually located in a city

Examples of tenement house in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The museum is spread across two 19th-century-era tenement houses and tells the story of the people who once lived here. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 27 Oct. 2023 Windows, at least on paper, have been legally required in all New York City bedrooms since at least 1867, as the city began to introduce new regulations for its cramped, often dangerous tenement houses. Curbed, 21 Mar. 2023 Construction workers renovating an old tenement house in Lodz, Poland, unearthed a surprising find: an untouched cache of hundreds of Jewish artifacts believed to have been hidden in advance of the Nazi occupation of the city. David I. Klein, Sun Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2023 The novel consists of four interweaving stories revolving around the lives of a group of New Yorkers who live in a fictional tenement house, many of whom are Jewish and/or immigrants. Carson Burton, Variety, 1 Sep. 2022 Lennox was raised in a two-room tenement house and a council flat in Scotland. Allison Stewart, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 The house in which the President died was a plain brick tenement house, of three stories, and basement. Jason Emerson, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 After Samuel Pickman died in 1687, it was owned for many years by a surgeon, became a boarding house, and for about 150 years was an apartment tenement house. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2021 Plumbing and sewage systems, paired with tenement house reform, helped remove excrement from the public streets. Katherine A. Foss, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tenement house was in 1858

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Kids Definition

tenement house

: apartment building
especially : one housing poorer families in a city

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