Definition of tenement :
1. A dwelling house; a building for a habitation; also, an apartment, or suite of rooms, in a building, used by one family; often, a house erected to be rented.
2. Any species of permanent property that may be held, so as to create a tenancy, as lands, houses, rents, commons, an office, an advowson, a franchise, a right of common, a peerage, and the like; - called also free frank tenements.
3. Fig.: Dwelling; abode; habitation.
4. That which is held of another by service; property which one holds of a lord or proprietor in consideration of some military or pecuniary service; fief; fee.
project, tenement house, boarding house, adobe, cabin, home, diggings, apartment building, hotel, digs, billet, eyesore, housing project, lodgings, bunkhouse, chalet, chateau, firetrap, bungalow, slum dwelling, low-income housing
apartments (part of speech: noun)
- Don't you remember one day back in '81 or '82 a man came to your house and told a story about his wife and child having been burned to death in a tenement fire in New York? - "In His Steps", Charles M. Sheldon.
- She was visiting an old patient in a large tenement, and the woman told her to call at the room directly above her. - "A Singer from the Sea", Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr.
- But if they are country- people who live in these dry- looking villages, asked our American Ambulance boys, what makes them huddle up so close together and run the houses into one long wall of buildings that look like tenement- houses? - "Home Fires in France", Dorothy Canfield.