- a person or group that rents and occupies land, a house, an office, or the like, from another for a period of time; lessee.
- Law. a person who holds or possesses for a time lands, tenements, or personalty of another, usually for rent.
- an occupant or inhabitant of any place.
- to hold or occupy as a tenant; dwell in; inhabit.
- to dwell or live (usually followed by in).
Origin of tenant
Related Wordspopulous, developed, settled, owned, populated, locate, occupy, reside, populate, possess, own, sit, keep, cover, stay, maintain, involve, remain, inhabit, hold
Examples from the Web for tenanted
They are barren, till the imagination has tenanted them with possibilities of danger and dismay.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The shores of its creeks and fens are tenanted by minks and muskrats.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The library was tenanted by Cousin Percy, who was taking a nap on the lounge.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
There was a mean suburb in front of our position, tenanted solely by Egyptians.Byeways in Palestine
Gilian realised that his imagination, and his imagination only, had tenanted the pew.Gilian The Dreamer
- a person who holds, occupies, or possesses land or property by any kind of right or title, esp from a landlord under a lease
- a person who has the use of a house, flat, etc, subject to the payment of rent
- any holder or occupant
- (tr) to hold (land or property) as a tenant
- (intr foll by in) rare to dwell
Word Origin and History for tenanted
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).