from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that pays rent to use or occupy land, a building, or other property owned by another.
- n. A dweller in a place; an occupant.
- n. Law One who holds or possesses lands, tenements, or sometimes personal property by any kind of title.
- transitive v. To hold as a tenant or be a tenant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who pays a fee (rent) in return for the use of land, buildings, or other property owned by others.
- v. To hold as, or be, a tenant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. One who has possession of any place; a dweller; an occupant.
- transitive v. To hold, occupy, or possess as a tenant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law: A person who holds real property by private ownership, by any kind of title, either in fee, for life, for years, or at will.
- n. More specifically, one who holds under a superior owner, as a lessee or occupant for rent: used thus as correlative to landlord.
- n. A defendant in a real action. See action, 8 .
- n. One who has possession of anyplace; a dweller; an occupant.
- n. In heraldry, same as supporter.
- To hold or possess as a tenant; occupy.
- To let out to tenants.
- To live as a tenant; dwell.
- A corruption of tenon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. occupy as a tenant
- n. someone who pays rent to use land or a building or a car that is owned by someone else
- n. a holder of buildings or lands by any kind of title (as ownership or lease)
- n. any occupant who dwells in a place
Middle English, from Old French, from present participle of tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1325, from Anglo-Norman tenaunt, from Old French tenant, present participle of tenir ("to hold"), from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō ("hold, keep"). (Wiktionary)