tenant n[Anglo-French, from Old French, from present participle of tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre ]
: one who holds or possesses property by any kind of right
: one who holds a tenancy in property
: one who possesses property in exchange for payment of rent see also lessee compare tenancy
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.