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



BrE BrE//ˈtenəmənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenəmənt//
Buildings, Poverty and famine
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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 OriginMiddle 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