ten·an·cy /'te-nən-sē/ n pl -cies
1: the holding of or a mode of holding an estate in property:
a: a form of ownership of property: tenure
b: the temporary possession or occupancy of property that belongs to another
holdover tenancy: a tenancy that arises when one remains in possession of property after the expiration of the previous tenancy (as one under a lease), that may be established as a tenancy at will by the recognition of the landlord (as by accepting rent), and that may sometimes be statutorily converted to a periodic tenancy for the same or a different term than that of the original tenancy
liable for payment of rent in a holdover tenancy – called also tenancy at sufferance;
joint tenancy: a tenancy in which two or more parties hold equal and simultaneously created interests in the same property and in which title to the entire property is to remain to the survivors upon the death of one of them (as a spouse) and so on to the last survivor
a right to sever the joint tenancy see also tenancy by the entirety in this entry compare tenancy in common in this entry
life tenancy: the tenancy of one with a life estate; also: life estate at estate 1
created a life tenancy for her husband
pe·ri·od·ic tenancy /ˌpir-ē-'ä-dik-/: a tenancy that is carried forward by specified time periods (as months) without a lease and that may be terminated by the landlord or tenant after giving proper notice
tenancy at sufferance: holdover tenancy in this entry
tenancy at will: a tenancy that is terminable at the will of the landlord or tenant provided that applicable statutory requirements for notice are met
tenancy by the entirety: a tenancy that is shared by spouses who are considered one person in law and have the rights of survivorship inherent in joint tenancy and that becomes a tenancy in common in the event of divorce
property subject to a tenancy by the entirety cannot be encumbered by one tenant acting aloneMays v. Brighton Bank, 832 S.W.2d 347 (1992) – called also tenancy by the entireties; compare estate by the entirety at estate 1
tenancy for years: a tenancy that is for a specified period of time compare tenancy at will in this entry
tenancy in common: a tenancy in which two or more parties share ownership of property but have no right to each other's interest (as upon the death of another tenant) compare joint tenancy in this entry
tenancy in partnership: a tenancy that binds partners to the use of partnership property only for partnership purposes and that does not permit the separate assignment by a partner of his or her right to the property
2: the period of a tenant's occupancy or possession

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun holding, holding by title, leasing, occupancy, occupation, ownership, possession, possessorship, proprietorship, renting, residency, temporary possession, tenure associated concepts: joint tenancy, month to month tenancy, tenancy at sufferance, tenancy at will, tenancy by the entirety, tenancy for years, tenancy in common II index duration, enjoyment (use), habitation (act of inhabiting), inhabitation (act of dwelling in), ownership, possession (ownership), seisin, term (duration), time

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The condition of being a tenant; an interest in land held by a tenant.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

The right to occupy real property for a specific term, such as under a one-year lease, for a series of periods until cancelled, (such as month-to-month rental agreement), or at will (which may be terminated at any time).
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 The occupancy or possession of land under the terms of a lease; an interest in real estate by virtue of a leasehold.
2 The period of such occupancy or possession.
3 Tenancy in general is any right to hold property, but in a more limited sense it is holding that property in subordination to someone else's title, as in a landlord-tenant relationship. The many types of tenancy include the following:
@ cotenancy
An occupancy or possession held by two or more persons who have unity of possession.
See also unities.
@ joint tenancy
A tenancy with two or more tenants having identical interests and who take over simultaneously by the same instrument and having the same right of possession, along with the right of survivorship to the share of the other. In some states, that must be expressly conveyed.
See also unities.
=>> tenancy.
@ periodic tenancy
A tenancy that automatically continues for repeated consecutive periods of time, be it month to month or year to year, unless notice of termination is given at the end of a period. This is typified in a metropolitan apartment building's lease.
=>> tenancy.
@ tenancy at sufferance
@ holdover tenancy
tenancy at sufferance (holdover tenancy). This tenancy arises when one who had lawful possession of property remains wrongfully and continues to occupy that property after her legal term has expired. This usually takes the form of a periodic tenancy or a tenancy at will. See also holdover.
@ tenancy at will
A tenancy where no formal terms for rent or duration exist, but the person holds possession with the landlord's consent. This type of tenancy may be terminated by either tenant or landlord upon fair notice being given.
=>> tenancy.
@ tenancy by the entirety
The joint ownership of property by husband and wife when a single instrument conveys the property to both; an indivisible interest in real property held by a married couple.
@ tenancy for a term
A tenancy whose duration is specified in days, weeks, months, or years from its creation.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A situation that arises when one individual conveys real property to another individual by way of a lease. The relation of an individual to the land he or she holds that designates the extent of that person's estate in real property.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A situation that arises when one individual conveys real property to another individual by way of a lease. The relation of an individual to the land he or she holds that designates the extent of that person's estate in real property.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   the right to occupy real property permanently, for a time which may terminate upon a certain event, for a specific term, for a series of periods until cancelled (such as month-to-month), or at will (which may be terminated at any time). Some tenancy is for occupancy only as in a landlord-tenant situation, or a tenancy may also be based on ownership of title to the property.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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