tenure

noun
ten·​ure | \ˈten-yər also -ˌyu̇r \

Definition of tenure 

1 : the act, right, manner, or term of holding something (such as a landed property, a position, or an office) especially : a status granted after a trial period to a teacher that gives protection from summary dismissal

2 : grasp, hold

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from tenure

tenurable \ ˈten-​yər-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
tenurial \ te-​ˈnyu̇r-​ē-​əl \ adjective
tenurially \ te-​ˈnyu̇r-​ē-​ə-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms for tenure

Synonyms

hitch, stint, term, tour

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of tenure in a Sentence

… but there is also about it just the trace of the nettlesome righteousness that alienated much of Washington during his tenure there, the not-so-subtle suggestion that while he might be in politics, he is not of politics and certainly not, God_forbid, a politician. — Jim Wooten, New York Times Magazine, 29 Jan. 1995 Pittsburgh's offensive linemen, trap blockers during Noll's tenure, had to bulk up for the straight-ahead game. — Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated, 9 Nov. 1992 A mural on the upper half of a four-story guesthouse was painted in 1977 by twelve-year-old schoolchildren, whose tenure on the scaffold must have thrilled their parents. — John McPhee, New Yorker, 22 Feb. 1988 During his tenure as head coach, the team won the championship twice. her 12-year tenure with the company His tenure in office will end with the next election. After seven years I was finally granted tenure. He hopes to get tenure next year. The defendant did not have tenure on the land. land tenure in Anglo-Saxon Britain
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Branstad served as lieutenant governor during Ray’s tenure and was named by Trump as U.S. ambassador to China. Washington Post, "Former Iowa Gov. Ray’s legacy contrasts with modern GOP," 13 July 2018 Poway Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7907’s new commander, William Morrison, is looking to increase the VFW’s membership, partnerships with the community and visibility during his tenure. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "New VFW Post 7907 commander wants to connect with the community," 12 July 2018 Former Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, one of the more popular players during his tenure with the team from 2010-2016, endured a nightmarish 11th inning for the Oakland Athletics Tuesday in his team's 6-5 loss to Houston. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy fumbles ball in bizarre walk-off loss to Houston," 11 July 2018 Kavanaugh never opined on Roe v. Wade directly during his tenure on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Julie Rovner, Scientific American, "If High Court Reverses Roe V. Wade, 22 States Poised to Ban Abortion," 11 July 2018 During his tenure on the Board, there has never once been a situation where Mr. Adamo has been privy to information that would provide his company with a competitive advantage. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Concerns raised about contractors sitting on Detroit wrecking board," 9 July 2018 But that isn’t to say that Kavanaugh has never denied women their reproductive rights during his tenure. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Brett Kavanaugh Poses a Serious Threat to Reproductive Rights," 9 July 2018 During his tenure, Russia has formed overt or covert ties to right-wing parties in France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece, and Bulgaria. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 McGree received total compensation of $933,444 in 2014, and the number of managers and executives making more than $100,000 a year increased from five to 15 during his tenure, according to the attorney general’s report. Grant Schulte, The Seattle Times, "Report: Lax Goodwill Omaha allowed CEO to make $1 mln a year," 26 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tenure.' 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 tenure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tenure

Middle English, from Anglo-French teneure, tenure, from Medieval Latin tenitura, from Vulgar Latin *tenitus, past participle of Latin tenēre to hold — more at thin

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tenure

Statistics for tenure

Last Updated

10 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for tenure

The first known use of tenure was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tenure

tenure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tenure

: the amount of time that a person holds a job, office, or title

: the right to keep a job (especially the job of being a professor at a college or university) for as long as you want to have it

law : the right to use property

tenure

noun
ten·​ure | \ˈten-yər \

Legal Definition of tenure 

1 : the act, manner, duration, or right of holding something tenure of office specifically : the manner of holding real property : the title and conditions by which property is held freehold tenure

2 : a status granted to a teacher usually after a probationary period that protects him or her from dismissal except for reasons of incompetence, gross misconduct, or financial necessity

Other Words from tenure

tenurial \ te-​ˈnyu̇r-​ē-​əl \ adjective
tenurially \ -​ə-​lē \ adverb

History and Etymology for tenure

Anglo-French, feudal holding, from Old French teneüre, from Medieval Latin tenitura, ultimately from Latin tenēre to hold

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on tenure

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

WORD OF THE DAY

obstinately defiant of authority

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!