tenement

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See also: tènement

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From Middle English tenement, from Anglo-Norman tenement (holding), from Old French tenement, from Medieval Latin tenimentum, from Latin teneō (hold).

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tenement (plural tenements)

  1. A building that is rented to multiple tenants, especially a low-rent, run-down one.
    • 1922 , James Joyce, Ulysses, chapter V:[1]
      He turned into Cumberland street and, going on some paces, halted in the lee of the station wall. No-one. Meade’s timberyard. Piled balks. Ruins and tenements.
  2. (law) Any form of property that is held by one person from another, rather than being owned.
    The island of Brecqhou is a tenement of Sark.
  3. (figurative) Dwelling; abode; habitation.

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Medieval Latin tenementum, from Latin verb teneō. See the verb tenir.

Noun[edit]

tenement m (oblique plural tenemenz or tenementz, nominative singular tenemenz or tenementz, nominative plural tenement)

  1. holding (of land)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: tenement
  • French: tènement