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[Anglo-French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenementum, from Latin tenēre to hold]
1 a : any of various forms of property (as land) that is held by one person from another
b : an estate in property
2 : dwelling
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.