- a person or group that rents and occupies land, a house, an office, or the like, from another for a period of time; lessee.
- Law. a person who holds or possesses for a time lands, tenements, or personalty of another, usually for rent.
- an occupant or inhabitant of any place.
- to hold or occupy as a tenant; dwell in; inhabit.
- to dwell or live (usually followed by in).
Origin of tenant
Examples from the Web for tenantless
At that time there were no desks in front of these back benches, which were tenantless.
In a few minutes his house was tenantless, having been overwhelmed with shot.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
The Ship Island region was as woodsy and tenantless as ever.Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
This was the tragedy that had kept the old house for so many years tenantless.The Daughters of Danaus
But the other rooms on her floor were dismantled and tenantless.The Invader
Margaret L. Woods
- a person who holds, occupies, or possesses land or property by any kind of right or title, esp from a landlord under a lease
- a person who has the use of a house, flat, etc, subject to the payment of rent
- any holder or occupant
- (tr) to hold (land or property) as a tenant
- (intr foll by in) rare to dwell
Word Origin and History for tenantless
early 14c., "person who holds lands by title or by lease," from Anglo-French tenaunt (late 13c.), Old French tenant (12c.), noun use of present participle of tenir "to hold," from Latin tenere "hold, keep" (see tenet).