tenant

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English tenaunt, from Anglo-Norman tenaunt and Old French tenant, present participle of tenir (to hold), from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō (hold, keep).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛ.nənt/, enPR: tĕnənt
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  • Rhymes: -ɛnənt

Noun[edit]

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tenant (plural tenants)

  1. One who holds a lease (a tenancy).
    Synonyms: renter, lessee, (rare) rentee
    Hyponyms: subtenant, undertenant, sublessee, underlessee
    • a. 1945, Arthur Morrison, The Thing in the Upper Room[1]:
      Long even before the last tenant had occupied it, the room had been regarded with fear and aversion, and the end of that last tenant had in no way lightened the gloom that hung about the place.
    • 1982, “The Sitting Room”, in The Sitting Room, performed by Anne Clark:
      You are just a tenant here, you say / Living in and out of this life / As cheaply as you can
  2. (by extension) One who has possession of any place.
    Synonyms: dweller, occupant
  3. (computing) Any of a number of customers serviced through the same instance of an application.
    multi-tenant hosting
  4. (chiefly historical) One who holds a feudal tenure in real property.
  5. (property law, by extension) One who owns real estate other than via allodial title.
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Translations[edit]
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Verb[edit]

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

  1. To hold as, or be, a tenant.
    Synonym: lodge
  2. (transitive) To inhabit.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly just a modification of tenet, but note obsolete tenent (tenet).

Noun[edit]

tenant

  1. Misconstruction of tenet

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Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English tenant, borrowed from Anglo-Norman tenaunt, from Old French tenant, present participle of tenir (to hold), from Latin tenēre, present active infinitive of teneō (hold, keep). Doublet of tener and tinidor.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: te‧nant

Noun[edit]

tenant

  1. a tenant; 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
  3. (law) one who holds a property by any kind of right, including ownership

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Present participle of tenir. From Old French tenant; corresponding to Latin tenens, tenentem.

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Noun[edit]

tenant m (plural tenants)

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Participle[edit]

tenant

  1. present participle of tenir

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Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • tenaunt (Anglo-Norman, noun, adjective, verb)

Etymology[edit]

From the verb tenir (to hold; to possess); corresponding to Latin tenens, tenentem.

Noun[edit]

tenant m (oblique plural tenanz or tenantz, nominative singular tenanz or tenantz, nominative plural tenant)

  1. holder
  2. possessor (of land or property); tenant

Adjective[edit]

tenant m (oblique and nominative feminine singular tenant or tenante)

  1. holder; owner (attributively)
  2. sticky; adhesive
  3. strong (of an object, etc.)

Verb[edit]

tenant

  1. present participle of tenir

Descendants[edit]

  • English: tenant
  • French: tenant

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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English tenant.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tenant m (plural tenantiaid)

  1. tenant

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Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
tenant denant nhenant thenant
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “tenant”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies