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Meaning of TENEMENT

Pronunciation:  'tenumunt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a rundown apartment house barely meeting minimal standards

TENEMENT is a 8 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: tenement house
 See Also: apartment building, apartment house



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ten"e*ment\, n. [OF. tenement a holding, a fief, F.
t[`e]nement, LL. tenementum, fr. L. tenere to hold. See
1. (Feud. Law) That which is held of another by service;
   property which one holds of a lord or proprietor in
   consideration of some military or pecuniary service; fief;

2. (Common Law) Any species of permanent property that may be
   held, so as to create a tenancy, as lands, houses, rents,
   commons, an office, an advowson, a franchise, a right of
   common, a peerage, and the like; -- called also {free or
   frank tenements}.

         The thing held is a tenement, the possessor of it a
         ``tenant,'' and the manner of possession is called
         ``tenure.''                           --Blackstone.

3. A dwelling house; a building for a habitation; also, an
   apartment, or suite of rooms, in a building, used by one
   family; often, a house erected to be rented.

4. Fig.: Dwelling; abode; habitation.

         Who has informed us that a rational soul can inhabit
         no tenement, unless it has just such a sort of
         frontispiece?                         --Locke.

{Tenement house}, commonly, a dwelling house erected for the
   purpose of being rented, and divided into separate
   apartments or tenements for families. The term is often
   applied to apartment houses occupied by poor families.

Syn: House; dwelling; habitation.

Usage: {Tenement}, {House}. There may be many houses under
       one roof, but they are completely separated from each
       other by party walls. A tenement may be detached by
       itself, or it may be part of a house divided off for
       the use of a family.