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  • n. Obsolete form of tenant.


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  • From the Anglo-French tenaunt (1292), from Old French tenant (12C), from Latin tenēre (to hold, keep).

    February « 2009 « Sentence first

  • ¶ And shew them mery cher {e}, & serche and axe of them “how fare owr {e} meñ & tenaunt {is}, & how cornys dooñ, & cart {is}, and of owr {e} stor {e} how hit ys m {u} ltiplyed,” Axe suche thyng {is} ope {n} ly, and knowe ȝe certeynly that they wille the more drede ȝou.

    Early English Meals and Manners

  • Whereof it growes, that if you could heare the talke of the wisest and least discontent of this kinde of men, whether they speake aduisedly, or their words passe them by force of truth, one would gladly change garment with his tenaunt: an other preacheth how goodly an estate it is to haue nothing: a third complaining that his braines are broken with the noise of Courte or Pallace, hath no other thought, but as soone as he may to retire himself thence.

    A Discourse of Life and Death, by Mornay; and Antonius by Garnier


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