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 apartment (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 Former Detective Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into a neighbor’s apartment, and was fired by the Louisville police. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Simon & Schuster Won’t Distribute Policeman’s Book About Breonna Taylor Shooting," 16 Apr. 2021 That’s less than half the typical level for office, apartment, and warehouse projects. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Bill Gates and other billionaires are doubling down on a surprising investment—and you can access it, too," 15 Apr. 2021 If that’s the case, then what does your room, apartment, or house say about you? D'shonda Brown, Essence, "Billy Porter Talks Self-Care and Decluttering Your Mind," 15 Apr. 2021 And while there are some people without a home who would rather be in a community like the one the city is exploring, there are others who would have more success in an apartment or a single-family home. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Tiny homes for the homeless? The idea could become a reality by this winter, Salt Lake City mayor says.," 10 Apr. 2021 That section of town has a large restaurant and bar district along with numerous apartment and condo buildings. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Potential repeal of West Hartford parking ban spurs talk of housing, equity and traffic safety issues," 5 Apr. 2021 The New York City resident now owes more than $26,000 in back rent on her one-bedroom apartment and fears eviction. Michael Casey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tenants filed. The money is ready. But rent relief hasn't come.," 31 Mar. 2021 The lengthy street, which includes 82 residences and condominium and apartment complexes reached from the road, is in need of repaving, something several residents agree upon. cleveland, "Woodhawk Drive residents again express displeasure to council over Mayfield Heights’ possible trail plans; new McDonald’s look approved," 30 Mar. 2021 Federico Fellini once said that the allure of Rome is that every corner feels like a private apartment and everyone, no matter their creed or provenance, feels at home. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "Positano in Rome: How Le Sirenuse's Owners Entertain at Home," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Apartment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apartment. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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