Origin of tenured
- the holding or possessing of anything: the tenure of an office.
- the holding of property, especially real property, of a superior in return for services to be rendered.
- the period or term of holding something.
- status granted to an employee, usually after a probationary period, indicating that the position or employment is permanent.
- to give tenure to: After she served three years on probation, the committee tenured her.
Origin of tenure
Examples from the Web for tenured
One interpretation suggests he is the embodiment of whisky, a lewd allusion to a tenured tradition of Scottish alcoholism.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
Even though I was tenured, if I left my once-beloved Mormon faith, I would lose my job.A Brigham Young University Professor’s Escape from Mormonism
Lynn K. Wilder
October 20, 2013
So instead, he taught a semester here and a semester there, filling in for tenured writers who were off somewhere else, writing.A Plot Against Living: J.F. Powers’s ‘Suitable Accommodations’
D. G. Myers
August 20, 2013
I feel this way now more than ever, because I took a big risk and quit a tenured job at an M.F.A. program.Benjamin Percy: How I Write
June 5, 2013
At this point, says Campos, law school is largely serving the needs of only one group: tenured law professors.Law School Enrollments are Plummeting. What Happens Next?
January 18, 2013
- mainly US and Canadian
- having tenure of officea tenured professor
- guaranteeing tenure of officea tenured post
- the possession or holding of an office or position
- the length of time an office, position, etc, lasts; term
- mainly US and Canadian the improved security status of a person after having been in the employ of the same company or institution for a specified period
- the right to permanent employment until retirement, esp for teachers, lecturers, etc
- property law
- the holding or occupying of property, esp realty, in return for services rendered, etc
- the duration of such holding or occupation
Word Origin and History for tenured
early 15c., "holding of a tenement," from Anglo-French and Old French tenure "a tenure, estate in land" (13c.), from Old French tenir "to hold," from Vulgar Latin *tenire, from Latin tenere "to hold" (see tenet). The sense of "condition or fact of holding a status, position, or occupation" is first attested 1590s. Meaning "guaranteed tenure of office" (usually at a university or school) is recorded from 1957.