What does tenant mean?

Definitions for tenant
ˈtɛn əntten·ant

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tenant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tenant, renternoun

    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. tenantnoun

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

  3. tenantverb

    any occupant who dwells in a place

  4. tenantverb

    occupy as a tenant


  1. tenantnoun

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

  2. tenantnoun

    An occupant.

  3. tenantnoun

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

  4. tenantverb

    To hold as, or be, a tenant.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TENANTnoun

    Etymology: tenant, French.

    I have been your tenant,
    And your father’s tenant, these fourscore years. William Shakespeare.

    Such is the mould that the blest tenant feeds
    On precious fruits, and pays his rent in weeds. Edmund Waller.

    Jupiter had a farm long for want of a tenant. Roger L'Estrange.

    His cheerful tenants bless their yearly toil,
    Yet to their lord owe more than to the soil. Alexander Pope.

    The tenants of a manor fall into the sentiments of their lord. Isaac Watts.

    The father is a tyrant over slaves and beggars, whom he calls his tenants. Jonathan Swift.

    The bear, rough tenant of these shades. James Thomson.

  2. To Tenantverb

    To hold on certain conditions.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Sir Roger’s estate is tenanted by persons who have served him or his ancestors. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 107.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tenantnoun

    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. Tenantnoun

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

  3. Tenantverb

    to hold, occupy, or possess as a tenant

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tenant

    ten′ant, n. one who holds or possesses land or property under another, the payments and services which he owes to his superior constituting his tenure: one who has, on certain conditions, temporary possession of any place, an occupant.—v.t. to hold as a tenant.—n. Ten′ancy, a holding by private ownership: a temporary holding of land or property by a tenant.—adj. Ten′antable, fit to be tenanted: in a state of repair suitable for a tenant.—n. Ten′ant-farm′er, a farmer who rents a farm from the landlord.—adj. Ten′antless, without a tenant.—ns.

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of tenant in a Sentence

  1. Doug Smith:

    I believe the Amazon driver said something about ‘your White privilege,’ and my tenant said, ‘You don’t need to be a bitch about it,' turned around and walked away.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Paradoxal que cela puisse paraître, se tenant à certaines choses peut vous rendre plus faible tout en laissant aller les choses peut vous rendre plus fort. laissant parfois aller les choses qui sont trop lourds à transporter peut être le difficile et pourtant le meilleur coup que vous faites, pour le flux de la vie d'avancer et fluidité des flux partir et vers le haut.

  3. David Dworkin:

    We are seeing the leading edge of the eviction crisis, it will be concentrated in states that have the heaviest impact and least tenant protections.

  4. Mary Geong:

    If you don't fix something soon enough, you may be sued by your tenant.

  5. Alan Hammer:

    The pandemic is a problem for poor people and minority people and that's where the money should be spent. But the government's money is not necessarily going to the places it needs to go efficiently, any tenant who has called and said they can't pay the rent, we make deals with anyone, we try to put them in touch with aid. We're not looking to move someone out.

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  • llogater, inquilíCatalan, Valencian
  • nájemce, vlastníkCzech
  • tenantWelsh
  • Eigentümer, mieten, Pächter, Besitzer, Mieter, BewohnerGerman
  • μισθωτής, ενοικιάζω, ενοικιαστής, ένοικος, επικαρπωτής, μισθώνω, νομέαςGreek
  • arrendatario, inquilinoSpanish
  • مستاجر, مستPersian
  • vuokramies, vuokraaja, vuokrata, torppari, haltija, vuokralainen, asukasFinnish
  • louer, occupant, locataireFrench
  • tionóntaIrish
  • jobbágyHungarian
  • վարձակալArmenian
  • lokacanto, habitero, okupero, okupanto, lokacero, habitantoIdo
  • inquilino, locatarioItalian
  • 借りる, 小作人, 借地人, 賃借人, [[土地]][[を]][[借りる]], 借り主Japanese
  • gobrener, gobrenoresCornish
  • kairīhiMāori
  • pachter, huurder, bewonerDutch
  • leieboerNorwegian
  • dzierżawca, najemcaPolish
  • inquilinoPortuguese
  • съёмщик, снимать, жилец, квартиросъёмщик, арендатор, арендоватьRussian
  • stanar, станар, станарка, stanarkaSerbo-Croatian
  • arrendera, hyresgäst, arrendator, hyraSwedish
  • kiracıTurkish

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