English

Definition of tenement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tenement

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtenəmənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenəmənt//
 
Buildings, Poverty and famine
 
jump to other results
a large building divided into flats/apartments, especially in a poor area of a city a tenement block families living in overcrowded tenements living in a crowded tenement See related entries: Buildings, Poverty and famine Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘tenure, property held by tenure’): via Old French from medieval Latin tenementum, from tenere ‘to hold’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tenement