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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 ?
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.
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.
In rapid succession we passed through the fringe of fashionable London, hotel London, theatrical London, literary London, commercial London, and, finally, maritime London, till we came to a riverside city of a hundred thousand souls, where the tenement houses swelter and reek with the outcasts of Europe.
Under the gateway of the extremely ugly tenement house, which hides the Pavilion and the garden from the street, the wife of the porter was waiting with her arms akimbo.
I THINK of Warsaw and the world much before the war and step onto the cobblestone pathways of the 14th century Old Town where moneyed merchants built the colourful narrow- fronted tenement houses, where the Royal Castle looks oh
The State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan plans to carry out selective poll among the citizens, who live in individual houses and tenement houses from 20 to 30 August.
The Market Bar was an abattoir, I believe, and Fade Street used to be an old sausage factory but other than that it was all tenement houses and there were great shots of them.