What is Terre-tenant?

Legal Definition
Or improperly terre-tenant. One who has the actual possession of land; but in a more technical sense, he who is seised of the land; and, in the latter sense the owner of the land, or the person seised, is the terre-tenant, and not the lessee. 4 W. & S. 256; Bac. Ab. Uses and Trusts, in pr. It has been holden that mere occupiers of the land are not terre-tenants. Bee 16 S. & R, 432; 3 Penna. 229; 2 Saund. 7, n. 4; 2 Bl. Com. 91, 328.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
He who is literally in the ocoupation or possession of the land, as distinguished from the owner out of possession. But, in a more technical sense, the person who is seised of the land, though not in actual occupancy of it, and locally, in Pennsylvania, one who purchases and takes land subject to the existing lien of a mortgage or judgment against a former owner. See Dengler v. Kiehner, 13 Pa. 38, 53 Am. Dec. 441; Hulett v. Insurance Co., 114 Pa. 142, 6 Atl. 554.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A purchaser of an estate mediately or immediately from the debtor while it was bound by a judgment lien. See 13 Pa. St. 38, 53 Am. Dec. 441.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary