[ ten-uh-muhnt ]
/ ˈtɛn ə mənt /
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Also called tenement house . a run-down and often overcrowded apartment house, especially in a poor section of a large city.
- 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.
British. an apartment or room rented by a tenant.
Archaic. any abode or habitation.
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Origin of tenement
1250–1300; Middle English <Medieval Latin tenēmentum, equivalent to Latin tenē(re) to hold + -mentum-ment
OTHER WORDS FROM tenementten·e·men·tal [ten-uh-men-tl], /ˌtɛn əˈmɛn tl/, ten·e·men·ta·ry [ten-uh-men-tuh-ree], /ˌtɛn əˈmɛn tə ri/, adjectiveten·e·ment·ed, adjective
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How to use tenement in a sentence
Many have been evicted not from tenements and slums, but from suburbs and McMansions.Hidden Victims of Eviction|Sasha Abramsky|February 9, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Arson…Whole streets of tenements and warehouses abandoned to smolder.The Great New York Novel|Taylor Antrim|June 23, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Many of its stately old houses have disappeared, and those that remain are mostly now tenements of the poor.
If youre finding the rent of this 24 house too much fer ye, why, theres cheaper tenements in town.
The messenger looked both ways and finally turned up that sidewalk between the two tenements.
Laura and Jess caught glimpses of other tenements as they followed the child and saw that there was real poverty here.
Together with all the tenements, hereditaments, and appurtenances thereto belonging.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for tenement
/ (ˈtɛnəmənt) /
Also called: tenement building (now esp in Scotland) a large building divided into separate flats
a dwelling place or residence, esp one intended for rent
mainly British a room or flat for rent
property law any form of permanent property, such as land, dwellings, offices, etc
Derived forms of tenementtenemental (ˌtɛnəˈmɛntəl) or tenementary, adjectivetenemented, adjective
Word Origin for tenement
C14: from Medieval Latin tenementum, from Latin tenēre to hold
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