American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. a building that is rented to multiple tenants, especially a low-rent, run-down one
- n. law any form of property that is held by one person from another, rather than being owned
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Feud. Law) 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. (Common Law) 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 tenementsor 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.
- n. a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards
- Anglo-Norman, from Old French tenement, from Medieval Latin tenementum, from Latin verb teneo. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, house, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenēmentum, from Latin tenēre, to hold. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“God had never been in the tenement -- _God had never been in the tenement_!”
“I went to the tenement every afternoon," she admitted, "to the _tenement_.”
“The term tenement at that time did not have the negative connotation that it has today.”
“Having a new high-rise next to a prewar tenement is the sort of great juxtaposition of past and present that keeps New York City interesting," she said.”
“A Contract with God is a collection of four short stories, all set in tenement at 55 Dropsie Avenue, The Bronx, New York, somewhere in the 1930's.”
“A definition of the word tenement in law is: Property, such as land, held by one person "leasing" it to another.”
“This tenement is new also because of the pedagogical organisation of the "Children's House".”
“Now, a tenement is not a building that is stuck up in a ramshackle way on one of the streets in the lowest ward of the city.”
“During the many relief visits I paid that winter in tenement houses and miserable lodgings, I was constantly shadowed by a certain sense of shame that I should be comfortable in the midst of such distress.”
“The locality abounds in tenement houses, where the class of persons live of which the mob is composed, and into these buildings the mass of the rioters took refuge on the appearance of the soldiers.”
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