free tenements
Tenement Ten"e*ment, n. [OF. tenement a holding, a fief, F. t[`e]nement, LL. tenementum, fr. L. tenere to hold. See {Tenant}.] 1. (Feud. Law) That which is held of another by service; property which one holds of a lord or proprietor in consideration of some military or pecuniary service; fief; fee. [1913 Webster]

2. (Common Law) Any species of permanent property that may be held, so as to create a tenancy, as lands, houses, rents, commons, an office, an advowson, a franchise, a right of common, a peerage, and the like; -- called also {free tenements} or {frank tenements}. [1913 Webster]

The thing held is a tenement, the possessor of it a ``tenant,'' and the manner of possession is called ``tenure.'' --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

3. A dwelling house; a building for a habitation; also, an apartment, or suite of rooms, in a building, used by one family; often, a house erected to be rented. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: Dwelling; abode; habitation. [1913 Webster]

Who has informed us that a rational soul can inhabit no tenement, unless it has just such a sort of frontispiece? --Locke. [1913 Webster]

5. A {tenement house}. [PJC]

{Tenement house}, commonly, a dwelling house erected for the purpose of being rented, and divided into separate apartments or tenements for families. The term is often applied to apartment houses occupied by poor families, often overcrowded and in poor condition. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Syn: House; dwelling; habitation.

Usage: {Tenement}, {House}. There may be many houses under one roof, but they are completely separated from each other by party walls. A tenement may be detached by itself, or it may be part of a house divided off for the use of a family. In modern usage, a tenement or tenement house most commonly refers to the meaning given for {tenement house}, above. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • free socage — Socage Soc age, n.[From {Soc}; cf. LL. socagium.] (O.Eng. Law) A tenure of lands and tenements by a certain or determinate service; a tenure distinct from chivalry or knight s service, in which the obligations were uncertain. The service must be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Free Alms — 1) An ecclesiastical tenure by which a monastery or other ecclesiastical corporation holds property under the obligation of saying prayers for the souls of the donor and his family. (Hogue, Arthur R. Origins of the Common Law, 256) 2) The tenure… …   Medieval glossary

  • frank tenements — Tenement Ten e*ment, n. [OF. tenement a holding, a fief, F. t[ e]nement, LL. tenementum, fr. L. tenere to hold. See {Tenant}.] 1. (Feud. Law) That which is held of another by service; property which one holds of a lord or proprietor in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Manorialism — This article is about the medieval system. For the 17th century system in Canada, see Seigneurial system of New France. Ploughing on a French ducal manor in March Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, c.1410 Manorialism, an essential element of …   Wikipedia

  • Tenement — Ten e*ment, n. [OF. tenement a holding, a fief, F. t[ e]nement, LL. tenementum, fr. L. tenere to hold. See {Tenant}.] 1. (Feud. Law) That which is held of another by service; property which one holds of a lord or proprietor in consideration of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tenement house — Tenement Ten e*ment, n. [OF. tenement a holding, a fief, F. t[ e]nement, LL. tenementum, fr. L. tenere to hold. See {Tenant}.] 1. (Feud. Law) That which is held of another by service; property which one holds of a lord or proprietor in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • History of Dublin — See Also The Kings of Dublin .The City of Dublin can trace its origin back more than 1000 years, and for much of this time it has been Ireland s principal city and the cultural, educational and industrial centre of the country.Founding and early… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Acts of Parliament of the English Parliament, 1660 to 1699 — This is a list of Acts of Parliament of the English Parliament during that body s existence prior to the Act of Union of 1707. For legislation passed after that date see List of Acts of Parliament of the United Kingdom Parliament.The numbers… …   Wikipedia

  • NEW YORK CITY — NEW YORK CITY, foremost city of the Western Hemisphere and largest urban Jewish community in history; pop. 7,771,730 (1970), est. Jewish pop. 1,836,000 (1968); metropolitan area 11,448,480 (1970), metropolitan area Jewish (1968), 2,381,000… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Glasgow — Glaswegian redirects here. For the Scots dialect spoken in Glasgow, see Glasgow patter. This article is about the original Glasgow in Scotland. For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). Coordinates: 55°51′29″N 4°15′32″W /  …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”