terre–tenant

noun \ˈterˌtenənt, ˈtər-\
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tertenant

\ˈterˌtenənt, ˈtər-\

Definition of terre–tenant

  1. :  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 — more at terrace, thin


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