tenant

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First attested 1325, from Anglo-Norman tenaunt, from Old French tenant, present participle of tenir (to hold), from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō (hold, keep).

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tenant (plural tenants)

  1. One who pays a fee (rent) in return for the use of land, buildings, or other property owned by others.
  2. One who has possession of any place; a dweller; an occupant.
    • Cowper
      sweet tenants of this grove
    • Cowley
      the happy tenant of your shade
    • Byron
      the sister tenants of the middle deep
  3. (law) One who holds a property by any kind of right, including ownership.

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tenant (third-person singular simple present tenants, present participle tenanting, simple past and past participle tenanted)

  1. To hold as, or be, a tenant.

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tenant

  1. Present participle of tenir.

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tenant

  1. Present participle of tenir.