- a person or group that rents and occupies land, a house, an office, or the like, from another for a period of time; lessee.
- Law. a person who holds or possesses for a time lands, tenements, or personalty of another, usually for rent.
- an occupant or inhabitant of any place.
- to hold or occupy as a tenant; dwell in; inhabit.
- to dwell or live (usually followed by in).
Origin of tenant
Related Words for untenanteddeserted, uninhabited, unfilled, unemployed, unused, idle, bare, vacant, abandoned, available, clear, devoid, disengaged, free, stark, void, tenantless, unengaged, untenanted, empty
Examples from the Web for untenanted
Historical Examples of untenanted
From the knoll where he stood he could see every inch of that hollow and it was untenanted.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
It had been untenanted for a good while and was in rather bad repair.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
All he craved was the country, and a whole lot of it, with untenanted roads.Mixed Faces
The Heathcotes had gone to Rome for the winter, and the Villa was shut up and untenanted.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
The trolley-car that met his train was rusty, paintless, forlorn, untenanted.In a Little Town
- a person who holds, occupies, or possesses land or property by any kind of right or title, esp from a landlord under a lease
- a person who has the use of a house, flat, etc, subject to the payment of rent
- any holder or occupant
- (tr) to hold (land or property) as a tenant
- (intr foll by in) rare to dwell
Word Origin for tenant
early 14c., "person who holds lands by title or by lease," from Anglo-French tenaunt (late 13c.), Old French tenant (12c.), noun use of present participle of tenir "to hold," from Latin tenere "hold, keep" (see tenet).