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

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

Related Words for renter

occupant, boarder, lessee, roomer, leaseholder, sublessee

Examples from the Web for renter

Contemporary Examples of renter

Historical Examples of renter

  • A renter must have animals of his own, and is obliged to feed them and to keep up his tools.

    The Southern South

    Albert Bushnell Hart

  • He did not turn around and renter the hotel by the main door.

    Black Star's Campaign

    Johnston McCulley

  • Old Lee lives there, I said, as we passed the house of the renter on our farm.

  • They would be able to renter the world after a long retirement.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie

  • There's only one key of No. 39 in the key-safe, and it's the renter's key.'


    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for renter



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