- any species of permanent property, as lands, houses, rents, an office, or a franchise, that may be held of another.
- tenements,freehold interests in things immovable considered as subjects of property.
- tenement house,
Origin of tenement
Examples from the Web for tenement
She got involved with the early labor movement and with tenement reform.
He then specified the salary and commission to be paid, and engaged Mr. Feldman to draw the deed for the tenement house.Potash & Perlmutter|Montague Glass
I know of eight tenement babies born down there in this one week.His Family|Ernest Poole
I spoke of the instinct for the crowd in the tenement house boy as evidence that the slum had got its grip on him.A Ten Year War|Jacob A. Riis
Word Origin for tenement
c.1300, "holding of immovable property" (such as land or buildings,) from Anglo-French (late 13c.) and Old French tenement (12c.), from Medieval Latin tenementum "a holding, fief" (11c.), from Latin tenere "to hold" (see tenet). The meaning "dwelling place, residence" is attested from early 15c.; tenement house "house broken up into apartments, usually in a poor section of a city" is first recorded 1858, American English, from tenament in an earlier sense (especially in Scotland) "large house constructed to be let to a number of tenants" (1690s).