Definition of tenantry in US English:



  • 1treated as singular or plural The tenants of an estate.

    ‘he was addressed by his tenantry as “squire”’
    • ‘He could have made a profit in such an economy, as opposed to looking for a rent increase of 70 per cent from the long suffering tenantry.’
    • ‘They actively discouraged emigration, fearing the loss of their workforce and tenantry.’
    • ‘At the time of the famine, he made valiant efforts to stop his tenantry starving.’
    • ‘The landlords have never been castigated for ousting their tenantry.’
    • ‘This transferred more holdings to the tenantry than any previous Land Act had done.’
    • ‘The onerous task of distributing seed potatoes to the tenantry has just been completed.’
    • ‘Most of the tenantry chose to pay the rent rather than face being served with ejectment writs.’
    • ‘The first of these stallions was kept for the benefit of the tenantry, who were granted its use free of charge.’
    • ‘He raised a fine regiment of foot soldiers from his hardy Cornish tenantry.’
    • ‘The duke's wealth was squeezed from rents and extracted from a starving tenantry.’
    • ‘Some areas of land and estates became more highly colonised by tenantry than others.’
    • ‘He transplanted much of his tenantry to found a dairy farm in 1842, only to return home, ruined, in the following year.’
    • ‘There were precedents in most agrarian societies for wage labor and tenantry.’
  • 2Tenancy.

    ‘tenantry became almost a form of indentured servitude’
    • ‘The book is really about land tenure and tenantry.’