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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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  • Should your tenantry ask me—'why are you thus cruel and oppressive-upon us?'

  • The tenantry of the Texford property followed on horseback or foot.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • A day was presently fixed when Squire Bull was to receive the addresses of the tenantry at the manor-house.

  • Proceeding to the tenantry, the first in order happened to be Farmer Toft.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • But the tenantry of Casa Falier was far more various than its proprietorship.

    Venetian Life William Dean Howells
  • He had seen no Irishman of rank ever bestow a moment's attention on his tenantry.

    The Poor Scholar William Carleton
  • He indorsed on the letter sent him—I saw it myself—that he was not one of the tenantry, and therefore would not contribute.

    Our Journey to the Hebrides Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Already he has excited my own tenantry to sedition against me.

    The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • He also conducted himself well toward his tenantry, and was patron of several notable charities.

    Emily Fox-Seton Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • But these are but a small part of the tenantry of the many-peopled globe.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
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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