Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The saddest words

tenant

[ten-uh nt] /ˈtɛn ənt/
noun
1.
a person or group that rents and occupies land, a house, an office, or the like, from another for a period of time; lessee.
2.
Law. a person who holds or possesses for a time lands, tenements, or personalty of another, usually for rent.
3.
an occupant or inhabitant of any place.
verb (used with object)
4.
to hold or occupy as a tenant; dwell in; inhabit.
verb (used without object)
5.
to dwell or live (usually followed by in).
Origin of tenant
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English tena(u)nt < Anglo-French; Middle French tenant, noun use of present participle of tenir to hold ≪ Latin tenēre. See -ant
Related forms
tenantable, adjective
tenantless, adjective
tenantlike, adjective
nontenant, noun
nontenantable, adjective
untenantable, adjective
untenanted, adjective
Can be confused
tenant, tenet.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for untenantable
Historical Examples
  • For one thing, on Mondays, the market-day, the Caf Prosper was untenantable.

    Ten Tales Franois Coppe
  • The ship commanded by Harris, was found to be in a decayed state and untenantable.

  • For not only was the dower-house in an untenantable state, but the weather was very much against them.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for untenantable

tenant

/ˈtɛnənt/
noun
1.
a person who holds, occupies, or possesses land or property by any kind of right or title, esp from a landlord under a lease
2.
a person who has the use of a house, flat, etc, subject to the payment of rent
3.
any holder or occupant
verb
4.
(transitive) to hold (land or property) as a tenant
5.
(rare) (intransitive) foll by in. to dwell
Derived Forms
tenantable, adjective
tenantless, adjective
tenant-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, literally: (one who is) holding, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for untenantable

tenant

n.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for tenant

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for untenantable

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for untenantable