Definitions for Tenantˈtɛn ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ten•antˈtɛn ənt(n.)

  1. a person or group that rents and occupies land, a house, an office, or the like, from another, usu. under the terms of a lease; lessee.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Law

  2. an occupant or inhabitant of any place.

  3. (v.t.)to hold or occupy as a tenant; dwell in; inhabit.

  4. (v.i.)to dwell or live (usu. fol. by in).

Origin of tenant:

1250–1300; ME tena(u)nt < AF; MF tenant, n. use of prp. of tenir to hold 蠐 L tenēre. See -ant

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tenant, renter(noun)

    someone who pays rent to use land or a building or a car that is owned by someone else

    "the landlord can evict a tenant who doesn't pay the rent"

  2. tenant(noun)

    a holder of buildings or lands by any kind of title (as ownership or lease)

  3. tenant(verb)

    any occupant who dwells in a place

  4. tenant(verb)

    occupy as a tenant

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tenant(noun)ˈtɛn ənt

    sb who rents property

    Tenants are expected to keep the property clean.


  1. tenant(Noun)

    One who pays a fee (rent) in return for the use of land, buildings, or other property owned by others.

  2. tenant(Noun)

    An occupant.

  3. tenant(Noun)

    One who holds a property by any kind of right, including ownership.

  4. tenant(Verb)

    To hold as, or be, a tenant.

  5. Origin: First attested 1325, from tenaunt, from tenant, present participle of tenir, from tenere, present active infinitive of teneo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tenant(noun)

    one who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for years, or at will; also, one who has the occupation or temporary possession of lands or tenements the title of which is in another; -- correlative to landlord. See Citation from Blackstone, under Tenement, 2

  2. Tenant(noun)

    one who has possession of any place; a dweller; an occupant

  3. Tenant(verb)

    to hold, occupy, or possess as a tenant

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tenant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3697

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tenant' in Nouns Frequency: #1012

Translations for Tenant

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who pays rent to another for the use of a house, building, land etc

That man is a tenant of the estate; (also adjective) tenant farmers.

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