tenement

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See also: tènement

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛnɪmənt/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

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. (figuratively) Dwelling; abode; habitation.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. [], London: [] Eliz[abeth] Holt, for Thomas Basset, [], OCLC 153628242:
      , Book III
      Who has informed us that a rational soul can inhabit no tenement, unless it has just such a sort of frontispiece?
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      Where she came from no man could tell. There were some said she was no woman, but a ghost haunting some mortal tenement.

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Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the 13th century, From Old Occitan [Term?], from Medieval Latin tenimentum, from Latin teneō (hold).

Noun[edit]

tenement m (plural tenements)

  1. (Feudalism) a rural domain, manor, holdings (land)

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