American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To hold as a tenant or be a tenant.
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. The term is sometimes used in reference to interests in pure personalty, as when we speak of one as tenant for life of a fund.
- 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. A distinction has been made between these terms by alleging that the tenant holds the shield as if keeping it upright, as is usual with modern supporters, but does not support its weight or lift it. (Compare
supporter.) Some writers, following the French heralds, use tenant for a human figure holding or flanking the shield, reserving supporter for an animal. Also tenent.
- To hold or possess as a tenant; occupy.
- To let out to tenants.
- To live as a tenant; dwell.
- A corruption of tenon.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) 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.
- v. To hold, occupy, or possess as a tenant.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
“_In theory_, the tenant in chief could not sell his land; he could sublet it to a _mesne tenant_, who stood to himself precisely in the same relation as he -- the tenant _in capite_ -- stood to the sovereign, the mesne tenant in his turn being bound to render certain _services_ to his over lord, and liable to forfeit his _lease_ -- for in theory it was that -- if certain contingencies happened.”
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“This is a sum of money allowed for College chambers to the former occupier, in consideration of repairs or fitting up, and fur - niture, and is frequently transferred from one tenant to another in succession, a tenant* being answerable to a person so repairing or fitting up at two or three removes. —”
“Another tenant is a person, not a thing, not part of the amenities.”
“On the rare occasions when we actually have a deadline, because a tenant is arriving, or some such, I do give advance (one or two months ') notice and we do reward meeting deadlines when it becomes necessary to have one.”
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“If a tenant is too dangerous to be living among the free, the state and only the state should make that determination and restrict his abode.”
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