apart·​ment | \ə-ˈpärt-mənt \
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 \ adjective

Synonyms for apartment


digs, 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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Angela Wright, 25, was rushed to a local hospital in June, unable to walk and hallucinating, after she was reportedly bitten in her apartment, Fox News previously reported. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Tennessee woman bitten by brown recluse spider in alleged infested apartment to move," 12 July 2018 As soon as Liu Xia returned home from visiting her husband in prison that month, she was confined in her fifth-floor apartment in Beijing and denied access to a phone and the internet. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "Nobel widow allowed to leave China after long house arrest," 10 July 2018 The 71-year-old victim’s body, beaten and strangled, was found in her Dania Beach apartment on March 12, 1997. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "21 years later, life in prison for killer of Dania Beach 'Bingo Queen'," 9 July 2018 Jean Amos, who’s been worried about technology and privacy issues, was visiting a friend who had Google Home installed in her apartment. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "The bride nixes a crimson mother-in-law," 9 July 2018 Ditko was found June 29 in his Manhattan apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene, police Lt. NBC News, "Steve Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator, dies at age 90," 7 July 2018 New York police confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday that one of Marvel Comics' legendary staffers, Steve Ditko, was found dead in his apartment this week. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Marvel Comics legend, Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko found dead at 90," 7 July 2018 Today, Kristy is in her own apartment, thanks in part to Clean Slate. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "These 3 Companies Help At-Risk Women and Are Changing the World," 2 July 2018 The updated number comes amid increased scrutiny over the ways the country’s largest public housing agency has dealt—or rather, not dealt—with squalid conditions in its apartments. Anne Branigin, The Root, "New York City Finally Admits that More than 800 Kids Living in Public Housing Tested High for Lead," 2 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of apartment

: a usually rented room or set of rooms that is part of a building and is used as a place to live

: a large and impressive room or set of rooms


apart·​ment | \ə-ˈpärt-mənt \

Kids Definition of apartment

: a room or set of rooms rented as a home

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