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Borrowed from Anglo-Norman [Term?], from Old French tenement, from Medieval Latin tenementum, from Latin verb teneo.

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tenement (plural tenements)

  1. A building that is rented to multiple tenants, especially a low-rent, run-down one.
  2. (law) Any form of property that is held by one person from another, rather than being owned.
    The island of Brecqhou is a tenement of Sark.
  3. (figuratively) Dwelling; abode; habitation.
    • John Locke
      Who has informed us that a rational soul can inhabit no tenement, unless it has just such a sort of frontispiece?

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Medieval Latin tenementum, from Latin verb teneō. See the verb tenir.

NounEdit

tenement m (oblique plural tenemenz or tenementz, nominative singular tenemenz or tenementz, nominative plural tenement)

  1. holding (of land)

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  • English: tenement