Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Possession or occupancy of lands, buildings, or other property by title, under a lease, or on payment of rent.
  • noun The period of a tenant's occupancy or possession.
  • noun A habitation held or occupied by a tenant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In low: A holding by private ownership; estate; tenure: as. tenancy in fee simple; tenancy in tail.
  • noun A habitation or dwelling-place held of another.
  • noun The period during which lands or tenements are held or occupied by a tenant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A holding, or a mode of holding, an estate; tenure; the temporary possession of what belongs to another.
  • noun (O. Eng. Law) A house for habitation, or place to live in, held of another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The occupancy of property etc, under a lease, or by paying rent.
  • noun The period of occupancy by a tenant.
  • noun The property occupied by a tenant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an act of being a tenant or occupant

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