apart·​ment | \ ə-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce apartment (audio) \
plural apartments

Definition of apartment

1 : a room or set of rooms fitted especially with housekeeping facilities and usually leased as a dwelling
2 : a building containing several individual apartments
3 British : a large and impressive room or set of rooms usually plural Assured that the Queen and Prince Philip had retired to bed, Mr Hillyard tried to pass through the Royal apartments as the train left Aberdeen on its journey to London.— Jonathan Petre

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Other Words from apartment

apartmental \ ə-​ˌpärt-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce apartmental (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for apartment


diggings [chiefly British], digs, flat [chiefly British], lodgings, suite, tenement

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Examples of apartment in a Sentence

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

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The move by the company, part of the HomeAway division of Expedia Group Inc., comes as the battle intensifies among booking services for apartments, homes and hotel rooms. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Vrbo Changes Its Name to Match How People Say It," 27 Mar. 2019 As awe-inducing as some of the most extravagant experiences are—a private tour of Coco Chanel’s apartment, attending the Royal Ascot with the royal family—smaller-scale efforts make up the DNA of the SaksFirst Limitless program. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Woman Behind New York’s Most Glamorous Closets," 22 Mar. 2019 While Carrie in the early 2000s may have cared more about sales at Barneys, building a closet the size of an apartment, and slurping on fancy cocktails, Carrie now would be completely different. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Sarah Jessica Parker Revive Carrie Bradshaw in Stella's Epic Super Bowl Ad," 3 Feb. 2019 Roombas spend most of their lives roaming around your house or apartment, cleaning your carpets and floors, but a newer versions actually generate a map of your home. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Turn Your Home Into a 'Doom' Level With a Roomba," 27 Dec. 2018 The costs of interning in DC for a summer can total up to $10,000, including an apartment, travel, professional clothing, metro cards, food, and course, credit. Audrey Henson, Vox, "Diversity on Capitol Hill starts with paying interns," 26 Dec. 2018 Photographing bungalows, vacation houses, apartments (and everything in between) reminded us that now, as in all the years before, our homes continue to be places of sanctuary, fonts of expression, and vessels for creativity. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Many have independent housing through homes or apartments, assisted living, and nursing care, all in the same location. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Different End-of-Life Care Options to Know if You or a Loved One Is Sick," 18 Dec. 2018 In a particularly tricky spot for wireless connectivity in my apartment, where other Bluetooth headphones would cut out, the M50s are able to sustain an almost constant signal. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of apartment

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apartment

French appartement, from Italian appartamento

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The first known use of apartment was circa 1645

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English Language Learners Definition of apartment

chiefly US : a usually rented room or set of rooms that is part of a building and is used as a place to live
British : a large and impressive room or set of rooms


apart·​ment | \ ə-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce apartment (audio) \

Kids Definition of apartment

: a room or set of rooms rented as a home

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an act or instance of returning to life

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