- 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 tenements
Many have been evicted not from tenements and slums, but from suburbs and McMansions.
Arson…Whole streets of tenements and warehouses abandoned to smolder.
All lands or tenements in England in the hands of subjects, are holden mediately or immediately of the King.Britain for the British|Robert Blatchford
If so, it was drawn at a very low point in the scale of tenements.Domesday Book and Beyond|Frederic William Maitland
There is also a rapidly growing co-partnership movement, especially in the building of "garden suburbs" and tenements.Socialism and Democracy in Europe|Samuel P. Orth
The bishop of Lichfield and Coventry had the custody of all the lands and tenements in the county of Hants.The History of the Knights Templars, the Temple Church, and the Temple|Charles G. Addison
A dozen gourds, each with a large hole in the side, completed the tenements for this well-contented Martin community.The Bird Study Book|Thomas Gilbert Pearson
British Dictionary definitions for tenements
Word Origin for tenement
Word Origin and History for tenements
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).