noun \ˈbās-mənt\

: the part of a building that is entirely or partly below the ground

Full Definition of BASEMENT

:  the part of a building that is wholly or partly below ground level
:  the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture
:  the lowest or fundamental part of something; specifically :  the rocks underlying stratified rocks
chiefly New England :  a toilet or washroom especially in a school
base·ment·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of BASEMENT

  1. <we store our bicycles in the basement during the winter>
  2. <the basement of the outdoor fountain needs a lot of restoration work>

Origin of BASEMENT

probably from 1base
First Known Use: 1613

Rhymes with BASEMENT


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