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[ten-uh n-tree] /ˈtɛn ən tri/
tenants collectively; the body of tenants on an estate.
the state or condition of being a tenant.
Origin of tenantry
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at tenant, -ry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That door had been opened but once during the late pastor's thirty-year tenantry.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The tenantry are mostly Nationalist, if they can be said to be anything at all.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • I expect they will be from among his own tenantry; there's plenty of them, and they'll all have to do his bidding.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • Don't he be payin' the tenantry an' sayin' where is the trees to be felled?

  • This monster devoured the substance of the tenantry and yeomen.

    The Dragon of Wantley Owen Wister
  • The tenantry of the Texford property followed on horseback or foot.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • Proceeding to the tenantry, the first in order happened to be Farmer Toft.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • But, above all things, the curse of a tenantry is a percentage agent.

    The Poor Scholar William Carleton
  • He had seen no Irishman of rank ever bestow a moment's attention on his tenantry.

    The Poor Scholar William Carleton
  • Should your tenantry ask me—'why are you thus cruel and oppressive-upon us?'

British Dictionary definitions for tenantry


tenants collectively, esp those with the same landlord
the status or condition of being a tenant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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