apart·​ment ə-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce apartment (audio)
plural apartments
: a room or set of rooms fitted especially with housekeeping facilities and usually leased as a dwelling
: a building containing several individual apartments
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
apartmental adjective

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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Word History


French appartement, from Italian appartamento

First Known Use

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of apartment was circa 1645

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“Apartment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apartment. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


apart·​ment ə-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce apartment (audio)
: a room or set of rooms used as a dwelling

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