from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A building for human habitation, especially one that is rented to tenants.
- noun A rundown, low-rental apartment building whose facilities and maintenance barely meet minimum standards.
- noun Chiefly British An apartment or room leased to a tenant.
- noun Law A property of a permanent nature that is possessed or owned, such as land or a building, along with the rights associated with such possession or ownership.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A holding; a parcel of land held by an owner.
- noun 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 tenementsor frank-tenements.
- noun A dwelling inhabited by a tenant; a dwelling; an abode; a habitation; a home.
- noun 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.
- noun See the adjectives.
- noun Synonyms See definitions of flat and apartment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (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.
- noun (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.
- noun 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.
- noun Fig.: Dwelling; abode; habitation.
- noun A tenement house.
- noun 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun a
buildingthat is rentedto multiple tenants, especially a low-rent, run-down one
- noun law any form of
propertythat is held by one person from another, rather than being owned
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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God had never been in the tenement -- _God had never been in the tenement_!
The Island of Faith 1937
"I went to the tenement every afternoon," she admitted, "to the _tenement_.
The Island of Faith 1937
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.
Council Aids West Side Housing Craig Karmin 2010
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 Contract with God by Will Eisner (Plus more book giveaways and Trouble at the library) 2008
A definition of the word tenement in law is: Property, such as land, held by one person "leasing" it to another.
The SCAM behind NAIS - "Our Land: Collateral for the National Debt" 2008
This tenement is new also because of the pedagogical organisation of the "Children's House".
The Montessori Method Anne E. Montessori George 1912
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.
Twenty Years at Hull-House, With Autobiographical Notes 1910
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.
chained_bear commented on the word tenement
This word used to mean "apartment" or "dwelling" with no pejorative connotation. It took on the meaning of an overcrowded slum in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For some reason, it always makes me think of a clutter of antennas on rooftops.
May 15, 2008
reesetee commented on the word tenement
Maybe the "tenn" sound does it. I think of a similar image when I hear this word.
May 15, 2008
Prolagus commented on the word tenement
Oh, that wasn't what I meant to say at all
From where I'm sitting, rain
Washing against the lonely tenement
Has set my mind to wander
Into the windows of my lovers
They never know unless I write
"This is no declaration, I just thought I'd let you know goodbye".
(Get me away from here, I'm dying, by Belle and Sebastian)
February 28, 2009