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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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 at will;
also, one who has the occupation or temporary possession
of lands or tenements the title of which is in another; --
correlative to landlord. See Citation from --Blackstone,
under Tenement, 2. --Blount. Wharton.
2. One who has possession of any place; a dweller; an
occupant. "Sweet tenants of this grove." --Cowper.
The hhappy tenant of your shade. --Cowley.
The sister tenants of the middle deep. --Byron.
Tenant in capite [L. in in + capite, abl. of caput head,
chief.], or Tenant in chief, by the laws of England, one
who holds immediately of the king. According to the feudal
system, all lands in England are considered as held
immediately or mediately of the king, who is styled lord
paramount. Such tenants, however, are considered as having
the fee of the lands and permanent possession.
Tenant in common. See under Common.
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