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[ren-ter] /ˈrɛn tər/
a person or organization that holds, or has the use of, property by payment of rent.
Origin of renter
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at rent1, -er1 Unabridged
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  • A renter must have animals of his own, and is obliged to feed them and to keep up his tools.

    The Southern South

    Albert Bushnell Hart
  • He did not turn around and renter the hotel by the main door.

    Black Star's Campaign Johnston McCulley
  • Old Lee lives there, I said, as we passed the house of the renter on our farm.

    The Story of a Country Town Edgar Watson Howe
  • They would be able to renter the world after a long retirement.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • There's only one key of No. 39 in the key-safe, and it's the renter's key.'

    Hugo Arnold Bennett
  • He is here a citizen, a contributor to the city treasury, if not directly as a taxpayer, as a worker and renter.

    Half a Man Mary White Ovington
  • A law that will allow no renter to make money off a house that is not decent to shelter human beings.'

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
  • The renter warden lost £446 of the Company's money, but the Company's plate was buried safely in a sewer in the garden.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • The renter proved an indifferent farmer, and the rent scarcely sufficed to pay the taxes and winter the cattle.

British Dictionary definitions for renter


a person who lets his property in return for rent, esp a landlord
a person who rents property from another; tenant
a distributor of films to cinemas for commercial showing
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Word Origin and History for renter

late 14c., "one who lets or rents to others, proprietor," agent noun from rent (v.). Meaning "lessee, tenant, holder of property by payment of rent" is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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