tenant


tenant

noun

  1. a person or group that rents and occupies land, a house, an office, or the like, from another for a period of time; lessee.
  2. Law. a person who holds or possesses for a time lands, tenements, or personalty of another, usually for rent.
  3. an occupant or inhabitant of any place.

verb (used with object)

  1. to hold or occupy as a tenant; dwell in; inhabit.

verb (used without object)

  1. to dwell or live (usually followed by in).

noun

  1. a person who holds, occupies, or possesses land or property by any kind of right or title, esp from a landlord under a lease
  2. a person who has the use of a house, flat, etc, subject to the payment of rent
  3. any holder or occupant

verb

  1. (tr) to hold (land or property) as a tenant
  2. (intr foll by in) rare to dwell

n.early 14c., “person who holds lands by title or by lease,” from Anglo-French tenaunt (late 13c.), Old French tenant (12c.), noun use of present participle of tenir “to hold,” from Latin tenere “hold, keep” (see tenet).

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