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



    BrE BrE//ˈtenjə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenjər//
    [uncountable] University life
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  1. 1the period of time when somebody holds an important job, especially a political one; the act of holding an important job his four-year tenure as President She knew that tenure of high political office was beyond her.
  2. 2the right to stay permanently in your job, especially as a teacher at a university It's still extremely difficult to get tenure. See related entries: University life
  3. 3the legal right to live in a house or use a piece of land When you rent a house here, you don’t have security of tenure.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from tenir ‘to hold’, from Latin tenere.Extra examples She had a long tenure of office. She has been granted tenure at Leeds University. The tenants have security of tenure.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tenure