GNU Webster's 1913
- n. commonly, a dwelling house erected for the purpose of being rented, and divided into separate apartments or tenements for families. The term is often applied to apartment houses occupied by poor families, often overcrowded and in poor condition.
- n. a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards
“The Board worked through Health Inspectors, most of them young doctors recently out of medical school, who, among their other duties, saw to it that cases of contagious diseases were isolated or removed to the proper hospitals, and that tenement house owners kept their property up the the requirements of the”
“That is why I left the pitiful little charities of the church and devoted myself to settlement work and tenement house reform, established my kindergartens, and worked for the little men and women who come so blindly and to whom the future belongs to make or mar.”
“The two of us stood a moment in the doorway of the tenement house on Arlington Street, that wonderful September morning when I first went to school.”
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