- a person or organization that holds, or has the use of, property by payment of rent.
- a person who lets his property in return for rent, esp a landlord
- a person who rents property from another; tenant
- a distributor of films to cinemas for commercial showing
late 14c., “one who lets or rents to others, proprietor,” agent noun from rent (v.). Meaning “lessee, tenant, holder of property by payment of rent” is from 1650s.