tenant etymology

English word tenant comes from Latin tener, Proto-Italic *tenēō (Hold.)

Detailed word origin of tenant

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
tener Latin (lat) (poetic) erotic. Effeminate, sensitive. Soft, delicate, tender. Young, youthful.
*tenēō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Hold.
teneo Latin (lat) (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate. (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position. I comprise, contain, include, hold. I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter. I hold, have; grasp. I insist, uphold. I know, grasp, understand, conceive. I possess, occupy, control. I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain. I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear [...]
*tenīre Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
*tenio Latin (lat) (Vulgar Latin, Gallo-Romance) I have, possess.. (Vulgar Latin, Gallo-Romance) I hold.
tenez Old French (fro)
tenant Old French (fro) Holder; owner (attributively). Sticky; adhesive. Strong (of an object, etc.) Holder. Possessor (of land or property); tenant.
tenaunt Anglo-Norman (xno)
tenant English (eng) To hold as, or be, a tenant. (legal) One who holds a property by any kind of right, including ownership.. One who has possession of any place; a dweller; an occupant.. One who pays a fee (rent) in return for the use of land, buildings, or other property owned by others.

Words with the same origin as tenant

Descendants of tener
attempt bartender detain entertain entertaining entertainment maintain retain tempt temptation tender tennis tent
Descendants of *tenēō
attend attention contain content continent continue detention maintenance obtain rain rainbow rainy sustain tend