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

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 And Image Editor-in-Chief Ian F. Blair translates the language of L.A.'s apartment signs into a fascinating story on the architecture and design of everyday city life. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 The top-floor apartment, with travertine walls and an expansive in-home gym, has become foundational to Owens’s creative process and work, set up near his factory and production in the Northern Italian village. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 20 May 2022 Adam Zolot started his Dogpatch Paddle business after watching the construction of Crane Cove park outside his apartment window. Total Sf Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 May 2022 Here in the designer’s own apartment, the curtain-less look accentuates the natural light that floods in. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, 20 May 2022 Still, like the sofa’s green upholstery, the Benjamin Moore Purple Rain paint on the apartment door has some black in it, a tonal similarity that helps integrate the otherwise odd-man-out purple. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, 20 May 2022 The following year, in August 2015, Mr. McConkey moved into Mr. Grassi’s apartment in Los Feliz. New York Times, 20 May 2022 If the apartment proposal is approved, construction is planned for the fall. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2022 Russian airstrike on Bakhmut in Donetsk region hit a five-story apartment block, a private house, and an administrative building. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 19 May 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Apartment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apartment. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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