[ ren-ter ]
/ ˈrɛn tər /


a person or organization that holds, or has the use of, property by payment of rent.

Nearby words

  1. rent-stabilized,
  2. rental,
  3. rental collection,
  4. rental library,
  5. rente,
  6. rentes,
  7. rentier,
  8. renton,
  9. renumber,
  10. renumerate

Origin of renter

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at rent1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for renter


/ (ˈrɛntə) /


a person who lets his property in return for rent, esp a landlord
a person who rents property from another; tenant
a distributor of films to cinemas for commercial showing
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Word Origin and History for renter



late 14c., "one who lets or rents to others, proprietor," agent noun from rent (v.). Meaning "lessee, tenant, holder of property by payment of rent" is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper