, present participle of tenir 'to hold', from Latin tenere; TENACIOUS
someone who lives in a house, room etc and pays rent to the person who owns it [↪ landlord]:
The desk was left by the previous tenant.
WORD FOCUS: house WORD FOCUS: house types of house:terraced houseBritish English/row houseAmerican Englishone of several houses that are joined together detached houseBritish Englisha house that is not joined to another house semi-detached houseBritish Englisha house that is attached to another house on one side cottagea small house in the country bungalowBritish Englisha small house with one floor duplexAmerican Englisha house that is divided into two separate homes apartmentalsoflatBritish Englisha set of rooms where someone lives, which is part of a larger building condominium/condoAmerican Englishan apartment in a large building, which is owned by the people who live there studio apartment/studioalsobedsitBritish Englishan apartment with one main room and no separate bedroom a very large house:mansion, palace, country houseBritish English, stately homeBritish English someone who sells houses and land:estate agentBritish English, real estate agentAmerican English, realtorAmerican English someone who rents a house from another person:tenant someone who owns a house and rents it to people:landlord, landladyhouse ➔ See alsohouse
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.