apartment building


Definition of apartment building 

: a building containing separate residential apartments

called also apartment house

Examples of apartment building in a Sentence

We lived in an apartment building for several years before buying a house.

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Chess is played with life-size pieces on the rooftop deck of an apartment building near Union Station in Northeast Washington. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 There are also apartment buildings on the riverbank; a two-bedroom apartment would cost about $928,000 to $1 million. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A Fashionable Escape From London Loses Its Buoyancy," 27 June 2018 In their place are glass-tower apartment buildings, a law firm’s new headquarters and coffee shops selling $5 lattes and artisanal toast. Alan Neuhauser, Washington Post, "A D.C. strip club reopens to a changed neighborhood — of high-end condos and artisanal toast," 25 June 2018 Atlanta Black Star reports that the teen first gave her a chase, taking off on his bicycle and hiding behind an apartment building. Essence.com, "Black Woman Confronts Teen Wearing Confederate Flag Who Called Her The N-Word: 'We’re All People’," 15 June 2018 On one corner of 24th and Treat is a 19th century low-rise apartment building with bay windows and dilapidated wood siding. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Husband and wife streetscape painters finally get joint show," 25 Apr. 2018 Samuel Grabfelder Mansion, 1442 South Third Street This home, built in 1896, was once an apartment building, but when it was purchased in 1973 by the Handy family it was restored into its original Beaux Arts-style single family home. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "Step inside three of the most historic – and elaborate – mansions in Old Louisville," 5 Apr. 2018 Now known as the Santa Fe Lofts, the 11-story tower at Main and 6th streets, which opened in 1908, has been an apartment building for more than a decade and was owned by investor Capital Foresight. Roger Vincent, latimes.com, "Historic high-rise sold as downtown L.A.'s former business district thrives," 31 Mar. 2018 WeLive is functionally an apartment building, but with all the amenities listed on the standard Silicon Valley rider. Benjy Hansen-bundy, GQ, "A Week Inside WeLive, the Utopian Apartment Complex That Wants to Disrupt City Living," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of apartment building

1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of apartment building

: a large building that has several or many apartments

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Kids Definition of apartment building

: a large building having several apartments

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