Dictionary.com

tenancy

[ ten-uhn-see ]
/ ˈtɛn ən si /
Save This Word!

noun, plural ten·an·cies.

a holding, as of lands, by any kind of title; occupancy of land, a house, or the like, under a lease or on payment of rent; tenure.
the period of a tenant's occupancy.
occupancy or enjoyment of a position, post, situation, etc.: her tenancy as professor of history at the state university.
Archaic. a piece of land held by a tenant; holding.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON PARENTHESES AND BRACKETS APLENTY!

Set some time apart to test your bracket symbol knowledge, and see if you can keep your parentheses, squares, curlies, and angles all straight!
Question 1 of 7
Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of tenancy

1570–80; ten(ant) + -ancy; compare Medieval Latin tenantia, variant of tenentia
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for tenancy

British Dictionary definitions for tenancy

tenancy
/ (ˈtɛnənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the temporary possession or holding by a tenant of lands or property owned by another
the period of holding or occupying such property
the period of holding office, a position, etc
property held or occupied by a tenant
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
See Today's Synonym