Definitions of tenant

  1. someone who pays rent to use land or a building or a car that is owned by someone else; " the landlord can evict a tenant who doesn't pay the rent"
  2. occupy as a tenant
  3. any occupant who dwells in a place
  4. a holder of buildings or lands by any kind of title ( as ownership or lease)
  5. One who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for years, or at will; also, one who has the occupation or temporary possession of lands or tenements the title of which is in another; -- correlative to landlord. See Citation from Blackstone, under Tenement, 2.
  6. One who has possession of any place; a dweller; an occupant.
  7. To hold, occupy, or possess as a tenant.
  8. Anyone, including a corporation, who rents real property, with or without a house or structure, from the owner ( called the landlord). The tenant may also be called the " lessee."
  9. One who possesses real estate by any right; one who rents property from another; an occupant.
  10. To hold by rent from another.
  11. One who holds or possesses land or property under another: one who has, on certain conditions, temporary possession of any place.
  12. To hold as a tenant.
  13. One who holds land or tenements of another.
  14. To hold or occupy as a tenant.
  15. To hold as tenant; occupy.
  16. One who holds lands or tenements under another; a lessee.
  17. A person holding land or other real estate under another, either by grant, lease, or at will; one who holds possession of any place; a dweller.
  18. To hold or possess as a tenant. Tenant in capite, or tenant in chief, is one who holds, by feudal tenure, immediately of the sovereign.
  19. One who holds possession of lands or houses under another; one who has the possession and use of any place for a limited time on certain conditions; a dweller; an occupier.

Usage examples for tenant

  1. It looked strange to him; he felt like a stranger in that town where he had spent half a century- felt like a temporary tenant of that vast, strong body of his which until now had seemed himself. – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  2. He recognised in the charming tenant of the cottage many qualities which he liked, and he could not deny that she was exceedingly pretty. – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford
  3. Say that before you got her letter you'd practically given the refusal of your place to someone else, but that you met the Princess Avalesco years ago, and would prefer to have her as your tenant, if she cares to leave the matter open for a few days. – The Brightener by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  4. Esme Darlington has found me a tenant for No. 5, an old friend of his, or rather two old friends, Sir John and Lady Tenby. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  5. We stood together for company, and filled our eyes with the tenant of the waste. – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  6. The late tenant, my predecessor, though a gentleman and a pleasant man to deal with, was no farmer for such strong and heavy land as the farm presented; it was no fault of his, for the farmer, like the poet, is born, not made, and, as I was often told, he was " nobody's enemy but his own." – Grain and Chaff from an English Manor by Arthur H. Savory
  7. No other tenant- farmer carries the same weight with his class. – Kenelm Chillingly, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  8. 5097. You are a fisherman, and a tenant under Mr. Grierson at Hillwill? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. No tenant could be found for it- there is some silly story that the place is haunted. – Here and Hereafter by Barry Pain
  10. It was not unnatural that the next door neighbour of Dr. Baldwin's family, their tenant, moreover, and attached friend, should catch a degree of inspiration from them. – Toronto of Old by Henry Scadding
  11. Well, I am glad to say a tenant has been found through a lawyer, and that everything is satisfactorily arranged. – Pixie O'Shaughnessy by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  12. Octon had been merely the temporary tenant of a hired house- a mere bird of passage- and a solitary bird besides, neither giving nor receiving confidences. – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  13. " Very pleased, Tenant, gentlemen. – The Return by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
  14. Then followed the relatives and friends, servants, and tenant- farmers of Abbotsford. – Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott, Volume 2 by Robert Ornsby
  15. If we let him slip, goodness knows when we may find another tenant. – The Daughters of a Genius by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  16. Wolley was the tenant of a large mill. – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  17. The tenant wanted me to throw in a gutter and latch, but I carried off the board that was left and gave him no latch but a button. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs
  18. I have been the tenant of the floor above this for the past three months. – The Eight Strokes of the Clock by Maurice Le Blanc
  19. To be quite candid, I am not quite sure that I did find myself; I suspect some tenant moved out and another moved in that afternoon, and I am disposed to think that Airlee explains Windyridge. – Windyridge by W. Riley
  20. This last evidence of weakness of the tenant of the house may well be excused, since it was shared by nearly everybody in France. – The Lost Child 1894 by François Edouard Joachim Coppée