Definition of terre–tenant
: one who has the actual possession of land : the occupant of land; often : one other than a judgment debtor owning an interest in the debtor's land after the lien of the judgment creditor attached thereto
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Origin and Etymology of terre–tenant
Middle English teretenaunt, from Anglo-French terre tenaunt, from Old French terre land (from Latin terra) + tenant holding, from present participle of tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre
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