Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that receives payment in exchange for the use of one's property by another.
  • n. One that pays rent for the use of another's property; a tenant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who rents property from another.
  • n. One who owns or controls property and rents that property to another.
  • v. To sew together so that the seam is scarcely visible; to sew up with skill and nicety; to finedraw.
  • v. To restore the original design of (a tapestry) by working in new warp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who rents or leases an estate; -- usually said of a lessee or tenant.
  • transitive v. To sew together so that the seam is scarcely visible; to sew up with skill and nicety; to finedraw.
  • transitive v. To restore the original design of, by working in new warp; -- said with reference to tapestry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In tap estry, to work new warp into in order to restore the original pattern or design.
  • Hence To finedraw; sew together, as the edges of two pieces of cloth, without doubling them, so that the seam is scarcely visible.
  • n. One who leases an estate; more commonly, the lessee or tenant who takes an estate or a tenement on rent.
  • n. One who rents or hires anything.
  • n. One who collects rents.
  • n. A shareholder in a theater.
  • n. In telephony, a subscriber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an owner of property who receives payment for its use by another person
  • n. someone who pays rent to use land or a building or a car that is owned by someone else

Etymologies

rent +‎ -er (Wiktionary)
French rentraire; Latin prefix re- re- + in into, in + trahere to draw. (Wiktionary)

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  • "In tapestry, to work new warp into in order to restore the original pattern or design.
    Hence To finedraw; sew together, as the edges of two pieces of cloth, without doubling them, so that the seam is scarcely visible." --CD&C

    February 7, 2012