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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The établissement hydrothérapique at 63, rue de Miromesnil—a few streets away from Manet’s apartment and studio—had been founded only a few years earlier, in 1876. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, "Suffering, Unfaltering Manet," 17 Nov. 2020 Two firefighters were injured Tuesday morning while working to put out a fire at a Beech Grove house split into in five apartment units, the Indianpolis Fire Department said. Lydia Gerike, The Indianapolis Star, "Firefighter seriously injured in Beech Grove fire Tuesday morning," 17 Nov. 2020 Their first listing was Chesky and Gebbia's apartment in San Francisco. CBS News, "Money-losing Airbnb files to go public," 17 Nov. 2020 The average apartment at The Victor is just under 1,300 square feet. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Victory Park’s tallest new tower is about to start leasing," 17 Nov. 2020 Development firm Weston Urban is planning to build a 32-story apartment tower with retail space on the west side of downtown, speeding up the transformation of what had been a sleepy corner of the center city. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Teen kicked, tased by Schertz police speaks out," 17 Nov. 2020 Qualifications for foster parents are flexible in some aspects: Couples, a single person, a homeowner, an apartment dweller can foster. Nancy Cutler, USA TODAY, "Foster families worry for health, finances and kids getting lost in the system amid COVID-19," 17 Nov. 2020 Take this early deal on a compact dryer, which is great for any small apartment dweller who wants the full washer-dryer experience (a small luxury). Lori Keong, SELF, "6 Actually Worthwhile Early Black Friday Deals on Kitchen and Home Items," 16 Nov. 2020 Kabul apartment, wiping tears from her eyes with her headscarf. Los Angeles Times, "Born into occupation, young Afghans fear the Taliban will crush their freedoms when U.S. troops exit," 16 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Apartment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apartment. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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