- Also called tenement house. a run-down and often overcrowded apartment house, especially in a poor section of a large city.
- any species of permanent property, as lands, houses, rents, an office, or a franchise, that may be held of another.
- tenements,freehold interests in things immovable considered as subjects of property.
- British. an apartment or room rented by a tenant.
- Archaic. any abode or habitation.
Origin of tenement
Examples from the Web for tenement
She got involved with the early labor movement and with tenement reform.Eleanor Roosevelt: Feminist Icon
September 2, 2014
Just children and children and children and tenement houses.Gloria and Treeless Street
Annie Hamilton Donnell
That evening everyone in the tenement was discussing Coupeau's strange malady.L'Assommoir
The stone stairs to the tenement house were thronged with women.
As she crossed the court to her room in the tenement house they heard her "Oh, oh, oh!"
I must hire some tenement to move into when I have to leave here.The Young Miner
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- Also called: tenement building (now esp in Scotland) a large building divided into separate flats
- a dwelling place or residence, esp one intended for rent
- mainly British a room or flat for rent
- property law any form of permanent property, such as land, dwellings, offices, etc
Word Origin and History for tenement
c.1300, "holding of immovable property" (such as land or buildings,) from Anglo-French (late 13c.) and Old French tenement (12c.), from Medieval Latin tenementum "a holding, fief" (11c.), from Latin tenere "to hold" (see tenet). The meaning "dwelling place, residence" is attested from early 15c.; tenement house "house broken up into apartments, usually in a poor section of a city" is first recorded 1858, American English, from tenament in an earlier sense (especially in Scotland) "large house constructed to be let to a number of tenants" (1690s).