terre tenant n[Anglo-French terre tenaunt freeholder, from Old French terre land + tenant holding, from present participle of tenir to hold]
: one in actual possession of land
: one who purchases land after a lien of mortgage or judgment has attached used chiefly in the law of Pennsylvania
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.