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

  • noun Tenants considered as a group.
  • noun The condition of being a tenant; tenancy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition of being a tenant; tenancy.
  • noun The body of tenants; tenants collectively.

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

  • noun The body of tenants.
  • noun obsolete Tenancy.

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

  • noun The state or act of being a tenant.

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

  • noun tenants of an estate considered as a group


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  • If racking the tenantry is the condition on which he gets this lovely home, it is a temptation certainly.

    The Letters of "Norah" on Her Tour Through Ireland Margaret Moran Dixon McDougall 1862

  • a shop, also the post-office of the town, and in the course of conversation informed them that his tenantry were a lazy lot of blackguards.

    The Letters of "Norah" on Her Tour Through Ireland Margaret Moran Dixon McDougall 1862

  • The 40 sheep were kept by a common shepherd with the common herd, were taken every day to the downs and brought back every night to be folded on the arable fields, the rule being to fold 1,000 sheep on a 'tenantry' acre (three-quarters of a statute acre) every night. [

    A Short History of English Agriculture 1893

  • In 1857 a government investigating committee learned from landlords in the Five Points that “in some of the better class of houses built for the tenantry, Negroes have been preferred as occupants to Irish or German poor; the incentive of possessing comparatively decent quarters appearing to inspire the colored residents with more desire for personal cleanliness and regard for property than is impressed upon the whites of their own condition.”

    A Renegade History of the United States Thaddeus Russell 2010

  • In the rural districts, tenantry has increased from thirty-five per cent of the number of farms in 1900 to forty-five percent in 1935.

    Farm Ownership Linked With Trades Unions 2008

  • “Umph!” said Mr. Lockhard; “and if I may inquire, Mr. Balderstone, pray do you find your people at the village yonder amenable? for I must needs say, that at Ravenswood Castle, now pertaining to my master the Lord Keeper, ye have not left behind ye the most compliant set of tenantry.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor 2008

  • Schmiedeler, O.S.B., Director of the Catholic Rural Life Bureau of the N.C.W.C., this increased tenantry brings with it physical “erosion” of the farms, which are not cared for by those who do not own them; and social “erosion,” in the shape of irresponsible drifters; “vanishing liberty, since renters, like wage-earners, are not the free people that owners are.”

    Farm Ownership Linked With Trades Unions 2008

  • Growing tenantry is a sign of the proletarianizing process.

    Farm Ownership Linked With Trades Unions 2008

  • For her father, however stouthearted and independent in civil and religious principles, was not without that respect for the laird of the land, so deeply imprinted on the Scottish tenantry of the period.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian 2007

  • At length one of his own tenantry, coming by, took him into Charlotte Town in a cart, but was obliged shortly afterwards to leave the island, to escape from the vengeance which would have overtaken the succourer of a tyrant.

    The Englishwoman in America 2007


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