Tenant in chief
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. [1913 Webster]

2. One who has possession of any place; a dweller; an occupant. ``Sweet tenants of this grove.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The hhappy tenant of your shade. --Cowley. [1913 Webster]

The sister tenants of the middle deep. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

{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. --Blackstone.

{Tenant in common}. See under {Common}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Tenant-in-chief — In the great chain of feudal allegiance from monarch down to peasant, the tenant in chief held his land directly of the king; the Church and earls were all tenants in chief. In *DB the tenants in chief were listed at the beginning of each county …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Tenant-in-chief — In medieval and early modern European society a tenant in chief, sometimes vassal in chief, denotes the high nobles who held their lands as tenants directly from the monarch, as opposed to holding them from another nobleman or senior member of… …   Wikipedia

  • tenant-in-chief — tenant in chiefˈ noun A tenant holding lands directly from the sovereign • • • Main Entry: ↑tenant …   Useful english dictionary

  • tenant in chief — see tenant in capite * * * a feudal vassal who holds land directly from the king. Also, tenant in chief. Also called tenant in capite /kap i tee/. [1600 10] …   Useful english dictionary

  • tenant in chief — a feudal vassal who holds land directly from the king. Also, tenant in chief. Also called tenant in capite /kap i tee/. [1600 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • tenant in chief — In English feudal law, all the land in the kingdom was supposed to be holden mediately or immediately of the king, who was styled the Lord Paramount, or Lord Above All; and those that held immediately under him, in right of his crown and dignity …   Black's law dictionary

  • tenant-in-chief — In English feudal law, all the land in the kingdom was supposed to be holden mediately or immediately of the king, who was styled the Lord Paramount, or Lord Above All; and those that held immediately under him, in right of his crown and dignity …   Black's law dictionary

  • tenant in chief — In English feudal law, all the land in the kingdom was supposed to be holden mediately or immediately of the king, who was styled the Lord Paramount, or Lord Above All; and those that held immediately under him, in right of his crown and dignity …   Black's law dictionary

  • tenant-in-chief — In English feudal law, all the land in the kingdom was supposed to be holden mediately or immediately of the king, who was styled the Lord Paramount, or Lord Above All; and those that held immediately under him, in right of his crown and dignity …   Black's law dictionary

  • Tenant in Chief: — A lord or institution (the Church being most common) holding land directly from the king. All Earls are Tenants in Chief. ♦ A tenant in capite, one who holds land by direct grant from the Crown; one who is a vassal of the king. (Hogue, Arthur R.… …   Medieval glossary

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