noun apart·ment \ə-ˈpärt-mənt\

: a usually rented room or set of rooms that is part of a building and is used as a place to live

: a large and impressive room or set of rooms

Full Definition of APARTMENT

:  a room or set of rooms fitted especially with housekeeping facilities and usually leased as a dwelling
:  a building containing several individual apartments
apart·men·tal \ə-ˌpärt-ˈmen-təl\ adjective

Examples of APARTMENT

  1. We lived in an apartment for several years before buying a house.
  2. <a spacious six-room apartment that occupies the entire upper floor of a two-family house>


French appartement, from Italian appartamento
First Known Use: 1641

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with APARTMENT

APARTMENT Defined for Kids


noun apart·ment \ə-ˈpärt-mənt\

Definition of APARTMENT for Kids

:  a room or set of rooms rented as a home


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