[ten-uh n-tree]


tenants collectively; the body of tenants on an estate.
the state or condition of being a tenant.

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



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