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 Prosecutors had painted Jones as an assassin whose pride was hurt after getting punched in the face outside an apartment complex that largely housed fraternity members and where one of his friends rang a doorbell and ran off. Washington Post, "Ex-student pleads guilty in shooting death on Arizona campus," 10 Jan. 2020 Ward and the other two men, Mears said, crept up the stairs of the apartment complex, according to testimony at Ward’s trial. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "An Indianapolis rapper killed 3 men. Prosecutors played his music at the murder trial.," 8 Jan. 2020 Thomas was upset with the apartment complex about water damage in his unit, police said. NBC News, "Video shows Las Vegas man, 93, open fire on apartment maintenance worker," 7 Jan. 2020 The small apartment complex at 619 39th Street South housed mostly women who were elderly or disabled. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "YWCA ordered to pay $10 million to estate of murdered Birmingham woman," 7 Jan. 2020 According to the affidavit, authorities spoke with a tipster who reported seeing a woman believed to be Broussard getting into a car at her apartment complex with her baby and another woman on Dec. 11 or Dec. 12. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Tx. Woman Accused of Kidnapping Slain Best Friend and Newborn Allegedly Pretended Baby Was Hers," 6 Jan. 2020 An Uber dropped me off in front of a homely apartment complex in the southeast part of the city. Brian Merchant, Harper's magazine, "Click Here to Kill," 31 Dec. 2019 Officers responding to a shooting call around 4:30 p.m. found 26-year-old Deandre Jackson shot in the parking lot of the apartment complex at 9601 West Montgomery Road. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Man found fatally wounded in parking lot of NW Houston apartment complex," 31 Dec. 2019 In an apartment complex, that can mean the superintendent, doormen and maintenance staff; in a house, the person who shovels your driveway and mows the lawn. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Holiday tipping confuses nearly everyone — here's what you need to know," 20 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Apartment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apartment. Accessed 17 January 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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