[ten-uh n-tree]

Origin of tenantry

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at tenant, -ry
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Examples from the Web for tenantry

Historical Examples of tenantry

  • That door had been opened but once during the late pastor's thirty-year tenantry.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The tenantry are mostly Nationalist, if they can be said to be anything at all.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • I expect they will be from among his own tenantry; there's plenty of them, and they'll all have to do his bidding.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • Don't he be payin' the tenantry an' sayin' where is the trees to be felled?

  • This monster devoured the substance of the tenantry and yeomen.

British Dictionary definitions for tenantry


  1. tenants collectively, esp those with the same landlord
  2. the status or condition of being a tenant
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