Definition of tenant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛnənt/


1A person who occupies land or property rented from a landlord: council-house tenants figurative a frequent tenant of the gossip columns
More 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.
occupant, resident, inhabitant;
leaseholder, lessee, renter, holder;
lodger, boarder;
British  occupier, sitting tenant;
North American  roomer
formal dweller
historical feodary
1.1 Law A person in possession of real property by any right or title.
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.


[with object]
Occupy (property) as a tenant: the house was tenanted by his cousin
More 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈtɛnəntəb(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.


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.


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

  • 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

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Line breaks: ten¦ant

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