from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A building for human habitation, especially one that is rented to tenants.
- n. A rundown, low-rental apartment building whose facilities and maintenance barely meet minimum standards.
- n. Chiefly British An apartment or room leased to a tenant.
- n. Law Property, such as land, rents, or franchises, held by one person leasing it from another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a building that is rented to multiple tenants, especially a low-rent, run-down one
- n. any form of property that is held by one person from another, rather than being owned
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which is held of another by service; property which one holds of a lord or proprietor in consideration of some military or pecuniary service; fief; fee.
- n. Any species of permanent property that may be held, so as to create a tenancy, as lands, houses, rents, commons, an office, an advowson, a franchise, a right of common, a peerage, and the like; -- called also free tenements or frank tenements.
- n. A dwelling house; a building for a habitation; also, an apartment, or suite of rooms, in a building, used by one family; often, a house erected to be rented.
- n. Fig.: Dwelling; abode; habitation.
- n. A tenement house.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A holding; a parcel of land held by an owner.
- n. In law, any species of permanent property that may be held of a superior, as lands, houses, rents, commons, an office, an advowson, a franchise, a right of common, a peerage, etc. These are called free tenements or frank-tenements.
- n. A dwelling inhabited by a tenant; a dwelling; an abode; a habitation; a home.
- n. One of a number of apartments or sets of apartments in one building, each occupied by a separate family, and containing the conveniences of a common dwelling-house.
- n. See the adjectives.
- n. Synonyms See definitions of flat and apartment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards
Middle English, house, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenēmentum, from Latin tenēre, to hold.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman, from Old French tenement, from Medieval Latin tenementum, from Latin verb teneo. (Wiktionary)