tenant

Definitions

  • Gypsy Tenants of an Arab Palace
    Gypsy Tenants of an Arab Palace
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tenant occupy as a tenant
    • n tenant someone who pays rent to use land or a building or a car that is owned by someone else "the landlord can evict a tenant who doesn't pay the rent"
    • n tenant any occupant who dwells in a place
    • n tenant a holder of buildings or lands by any kind of title (as ownership or lease)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tenant One who has possession of any place; a dweller; an occupant. "Sweet tenants of this grove.""The hhappy tenant of your shade.""The sister tenants of the middle deep."
    • Tenant (Law) One who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for years, or at will; also, one who has the occupation or temporary possession of lands or tenements the title of which is in another; -- correlative to landlord. See Citation from Blackstone, under Tenement, 2.
    • v. t Tenant To hold, occupy, or possess as a tenant. "Sir Roger's estate is tenanted by persons who have served him or his ancestors."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tenant In law: A person who holds real property by private ownership, by any kind of title, either in fee, for life, for years, or at will. The term is sometimes used in reference to interests in pure personalty, as when we speak of one as tenant for life of a fund.
    • n tenant More specifically, one who holds under a superior owner, as a lessee or occupant for rent: used thus as correlative to landlord.
    • n tenant A defendant in a real action. See action, 8 .
    • n tenant One who has possession of anyplace; a dweller; an occupant.
    • n tenant In heraldry, same as supporter. A distinction has been made between these terms by alleging that the tenant holds the shield as if keeping it upright, as is usual with modern supporters, but does not support its weight or lift it. (Compare supporter.) Some writers, following the French heralds, use tenant for a human figure holding or flanking the shield, reserving supporter for an animal. Also tenent.
    • tenant To hold or possess as a tenant; occupy.
    • tenant To let out to tenants.
    • tenant To live as a tenant; dwell.
    • tenant A corruption of tenon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tenant ten′ant one who holds or possesses land or property under another, the payments and services which he owes to his superior constituting his tenure: one who has, on certain conditions, temporary possession of any place, an occupant
    • v.t Tenant to hold as a tenant
    • ns Tenant
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Quotations

  • William Ernest Henley
    William Ernest Henley
    “Madam, Life's a piece in bloom death goes dogging everywhere: She's the tenant of the room he's the ruffian on the stair.”
  • Joseph Jefferson
    Joseph Jefferson
    “We are but tenants and shortly the great landlord will give us notice that our lease has expired.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tenant, p. pr. of tenir, to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Lieutenant

Usage

In literature:

He is hospitably received by a tenant of the late Count Avenel, who has been dead for some years.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The Duke of Argyll, the Earl of Bradford, and Speaker Onslow, were among its tenants.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
One of the tenants down your way owes two months' rent now, and in the other cases the rents are due to-day.
"William Adolphus Turnpike" by William Banks
The man's racking his tenants and starving his land.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The tenants had been told that they were to be his tenants.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The tenant for the time being may even make larger profits as a tenant than as an owner.
"Church Cooperation in Community Life" by Paul L. Vogt
Better a toom house than an ill tenant.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Here everything was in order to receive the tenants.
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
I take it there was a son of one of my tenants there, who is about as bad as he can be.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Don't you think it's mighty queer behavior for a tenant of a sheep ranch?
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
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In poetry:

As tenants of uncertain stay,
So may we live our little day
That only grateful hearts shall fill
The homes we leave in Haverhill.
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Yestreen I lay in a weel-made bed,
Wi' my good lord beside me;
But this night I'll lye in a tenant's barn,
Whatever shall betide me!"
"Johnie Faa" by Andrew Lang
There is a tale in ev'ry flow'r,
Which none may whisper, none may tell,
A secret thing in ev'ry bower,
Which ev'ry tenant hideth well.
"Things Mysterious" by Thomas Frederick Young
Word ys commen to Eddenburrowe,
To Jamy the Skottishe kynge,
That dougheti Duglas, lyff-tenant of the Marches,
He lay slean Chyviot within.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
For now, a sight by reason blest,
Thy gloomy dome in ruins falls,
While bats and screechowls harbour there,
Sole tenants of thy crumbling walls.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
Worde ys commyn to lovly Londone,
Till the fourth Harry our kynge,
That lord Perse, leyff-tenante of the Marchis,
He lay slayne Chyviat within.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British

In news:

Tenants-landlords must work together for solution.
THE EAGLES have been tenants at Lincoln Financial Field for almost 10 years.
Computerized kiosk keeps owner in virtual contact with tenants.
WARSAW, POLAND—The new house is only 4 feet (1.2 metres ) wide, but it comes with a bathroom, a kitchen and a bedroom, and its first tenant, an Israeli writer, will move in this weekend.
A landlord complained to police that a tenant left his MLK Parkway house without returning the keys or a $25 box fan, according to an Athens-Clarke police report.
Tenants duped into renting illegal boarding house.
Moderne secures Carson's restaurant as key tenant.
Owners of rental properties and tenants protested against a proposed $150 per apartment fee on landlords in New Britain Wednesday night.
New Britain landlords and tenants.
Early Tuesday morning deputies arrested a 34-year-old man who is a tenant on the property.
Mission's Christmas message to tenants: Move.
Northland's Zona Rosa signs new tenants.
The new Feldner building at 1030 41st Ave in Capitola is looking for tenants.
Apartment tenants go a week without water.
Action could bring second tenant to Lufkin's industrial rail park.
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In science:

I was member of SAC and I remember very well that, at some point, there was a vote between Hipparcos and EXUV: Hipparcos had 5 votes out of 6, the only tenant of EXUV was H Elliot from the UK.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
The central tenant of Decoherence Theory is the entanglement of a pure state with the environment and the calculation of the reduced density matrix for the system from the system-environment density matrix.
Secure Quantum Communication and Superluminal Signalling on the Bell Channel
CloudVisor: Retro fitting protection of virtual machines in multi-tenant cloud with nested virtualization.
Icebergs in the Clouds: the Other Risks of Cloud Computing
In line with the Classics of cosmology, they discussed the best available estimates of the parameters characterizing the Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric, by an impressive body of evidence the architectural plan for the cosmos of which we have found ourselves to be tenants.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
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