Definition of tenant in English:

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tenant

Pronunciation: /ˈtenənt/

noun

1A person who occupies land or property rented from a landlord.
Example sentences
  • Almost a tenth of all houses are occupied by tenants renting from private landlords.
  • You can sell your property, or find tenants to rent it.
  • The oversupply of rental property has resulted in landlords cutting rents to attract tenants.
Synonyms
occupant, resident, inhabitant;
renter, leaseholder, lessee, lodger, roomer;
squatter
1.1 Law A person holding real property by private ownership.
Example sentences
  • In breach of covenant, the tenant has failed to complete the works.
  • The lease here provides only that the tenant bears all the responsibility for maintenance.

verb

[with object] (usually be tenanted)
Occupy (property) as a tenant.
Example sentences
  • These standards will apply to all tenanted properties.
  • They own 700 leased pubs and around 300 tenanted properties.
  • Relatively few public companies specialise in buying tenanted property in the private residential sector.

Derivatives

tenantable

Pronunciation: /ˈtenən(t)əb(ə)l/
adjective
( formal)
Example sentences
  • The landlord is simply going to re-market the property as it is, but on the basis that it will be put into good and tenantable repair.
  • The only room regarded as tenantable by gentlemen, was, in fact, the coal-cellar in disguise.
  • The structure and the exterior of the building are kept in good and tenantable condition.

tenantless

adjective
Example sentences
  • An investment property may be tenantless for two and three months some years.
  • For several months the building stood tenantless.
  • This tiny dwelling, intended for a shepherd, was tenantless.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, literally 'holding', present participle of tenir, from Latin tenere.

More
  • Tenant is from an Old French word meaning literally ‘holding’, which came from Latin tenere ‘to hold’. This Latin verb also gave rise to late 16th-century tenable, and early 17th-century tenacious.

Words that rhyme with tenant

lieutenant, pennant, subtenant

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ten·ant

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