tenant

tenant early 14c., "person who holds lands by title or by lease," from Anglo-Fr. tenaunt (late 13c.), O.Fr. tenant (12c.), noun use of prp. of tenir "to hold," from L. tenere "hold, keep" (see TENET (Cf. tenet)).

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  • tenant — tenant, ante [ tənɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. • XIIIe « tenace »; 1160 « stable, ferme »; de tenir I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Qui « se tient », ne s interrompt pas. Séance tenante. 2 ♦ (mil. XXe) Chemise à col tenant, qui ti …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • tenant — ten·ant / te nənt/ n [Anglo French, from Old French, from present participle of tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre]: one who holds or possesses property by any kind of right: one who holds a tenancy in property; specif: one who possesses property… …   Law dictionary

  • tenant — tenant, ante (te nan, nan t ) adj. 1°   Qui tient ; usité dans très peu de locutions. Séance tenante, dans le cours de la séance.    Je vous remercie, mais rancune tenante, c est à dire sans renoncer à ma rancune.    Anciennement, les plaids… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Tenant — Ten ant, n. [F. tenant, p. pr. of tenir to hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Lieutenant}.] 1. (Law) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenant — Tenant, Tantost signifie un homme chiche, Tenax. Tantost le limite par flanc, soit d un champ, soit d une maison, dont l opposite est Abboutissant, qui est le limite par front. Selon cette signification on dit, Bailler la declaration d un… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • tenant — TENÁNT, Ă adj. (Herald (heraldic).; despre figuri antropomorfe sau zoomorfe) Care susţine scutul cu stema propriu zisă. [< fr. tenant]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN  TENÁNT s. m. 1. (herald.) figură antropomorfă sau zoomorfă… …   Dicționar Român

  • tenant — [ten′ənt] n. [ME tenaunt < OFr tenant, orig. prp. of tenir, to hold < L tenere, to hold < IE base * ten , to pull, stretch > THIN] 1. a person who pays rent to occupy or use land, a building, etc. 2. an occupant of or dweller in a… …   English World dictionary

  • Tenant — Ten ant, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tenanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tenanting}.] To hold, occupy, or possess as a tenant. [1913 Webster] Sir Roger s estate is tenanted by persons who have served him or his ancestors. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tenant — Porté en Limousin, en Périgord et dans le Lyonnais, correspond à l ancien français tenant (occitan tenent ), sans doute avec le sens de tenancier (autre sens possible : avare). Variante : Tenand (01) …   Noms de famille

  • tenant — ► NOUN 1) a person who rents land or property from a landlord. 2) Law a person holding real property by private ownership. ► VERB (usu. be tenanted) ▪ occupy (property) as a tenant. ORIGIN Old French, holding , from Latin tenere to hold …   English terms dictionary

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