- 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.
Origin of tenement
Examples from the Web for tenement-house
"Now they'll cut back to the tenement-house stuff they shot last week," explained the Spanish girl.Merton of the Movies|Harry Leon Wilson
But once with us demoralization began, and the tenement-house guaranteed sure corruption for every tenant.Prisoners of Poverty|Helen Campbell
In twenty years what has been done in New York to solve the tenement-house problem?How the Other Half Lives|Jacob A. Riis
It is among this class of owners that nearly all the evils of the tenement-house system are found.Lights and Shadows of New York Life|James D. McCabe
This is the relation which the mass of the tenement-house workers and voters bear to life.The Leaven in a Great City|Lillian William Betts
British Dictionary definitions for tenement-house
Word Origin for tenement
Word Origin and History for tenement-house
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).