tenement


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ten·e·ment

 (tĕn′ə-mənt)
n.
1. A building for human habitation, especially one that is rented to tenants.
2. A rundown, low-rental apartment building whose facilities and maintenance barely meet minimum standards.
3. Chiefly British An apartment or room leased to a tenant.
4. Law A property of a permanent nature that is possessed or owned, such as land or a building, along with the rights associated with such possession or ownership.

[Middle English, house, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenēmentum, from Latin tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

ten′e·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.

tenement

(ˈtɛnəmənt)
n
1. (Human Geography) Also called: tenement building (now esp in Scotland) a large building divided into separate flats
2. a dwelling place or residence, esp one intended for rent
3. chiefly Brit a room or flat for rent
4. (Law) property law any form of permanent property, such as land, dwellings, offices, etc
[C14: from Medieval Latin tenementum, from Latin tenēre to hold]
tenemental, ˌteneˈmentary adj
ˈteneˌmented adj

ten•e•ment

(ˈtɛn ə mənt)

n.
1. Also called ten′ement house`. a run-down and often overcrowded apartment house, esp. in a poor section of a large city.
2. Law. property of a permanent or fixed nature, whether corporeal or incorporeal, as lands or rent.
3. Archaic. any abode or habitation.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin tenēmentum= Latin tenē(re) to hold + -mentum -ment]

tenement

- First meant "holding as a possession."
See also related terms for possession.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tenement - a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standardstenement - a run-down apartment house barely meeting minimal standards
apartment building, apartment house - a building that is divided into apartments
Translations

tenement

[ˈtenɪmənt]
A. Nvivienda f (Scot) (= flat) → piso m (Sp), departamento m (LAm)
B. CPD tenement block Nbloque m de pisos (Sp), bloque m de departamentos (LAm)
tenement house Ncasa f de vecinos, casa f de vecindad

tenement

[ˈtɛnəmənt] n
(also tenement building, tenement block) → immeuble m

tenement

n
(also tenement house)Mietshaus nt, → Mietskaserne f (pej)
(Jur) → Mietbesitz m; (= farm)Pachtbesitz m

tenement

[ˈtɛnɪmənt] ncasamento
References in classic literature ?
An opening was left in the shell, by which it was protected from the soil, for the spirit to communicate with its earthly tenement, when necessary; and the whole was concealed from the instinct, and protected from the ravages of the beasts of prey, with an ingenuity peculiar to the natives.
To go of errands with his slow and shuffling gait, which made you doubt how he ever was to arrive anywhere; to saw a small household's foot or two of firewood, or knock to pieces an old barrel, or split up a pine board for kindling-stuff; in summer, to dig the few yards of garden ground appertaining to a low-rented tenement, and share the produce of his labor at the halves; in winter, to shovel away the snow from the sidewalk, or open paths to the woodshed, or along the clothes-line; such were some of the essential offices which Uncle Venner performed among at least a score of families.
Then, moreover, the white locks of age were sometimes found to be the thatch of an intellectual tenement in good repair.
As the enraptured Ichabod fancied all this, and as he rolled his great green eyes over the fat meadow lands, the rich fields of wheat, of rye, of buckwheat, and Indian corn, and the orchards burdened with ruddy fruit, which surrounded the warm tenement of Van Tassel, his heart yearned after the damsel who was to inherit these domains, and his imagination expanded with the idea, how they might be readily turned into cash, and the money invested in immense tracts of wild land, and shingle palaces in the wilderness.
And half concealed in this queer tenement, I at length found one who by his aspect seemed to have authority; and who, it being noon, and the ship's work suspended, was now enjoying respite from the burden of command.
They were in the towns in harvest time, near the lumber camps in the winter, in the cities when the men came there; if a regiment were encamped, or a railroad or canal being made, or a great exposition getting ready, the crowd of women were on hand, living in shanties or saloons or tenement rooms, sometimes eight or ten of them together.
The scene now changes to a small, neat tenement, in the outskirts of Montreal; the time, evening.
I was not aware that there was any individual, alien to this tenement, in your sanctum.
Herbert put it to me, what did I think of that as a temporary tenement for Tom, Jack, or Richard?
It is a troublesome rent to collect, but on the other hand there is no expenditure for repairs or sanitation, which are not considered necessary in tenement houses.
The universe is but a tenement Of all things visible.
The view of ships lying moored in some of the older docks of London has always suggested to my mind the image of a flock of swans kept in the flooded backyard of grim tenement houses.