Pronunciation: (ten'un-sē),[key] —n., —pl.-cies. 1. a holding, as of lands, by any kind of title; occupancy of land, a house, or the like, under a lease or on payment of rent; tenure.
2. the period of a tenant's occupancy.
3. occupancy or enjoyment of a position, post, situation, etc.: her tenancy as professor of history at the state university. 4. Archaic.a piece of land held by a tenant; holding.