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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Tejuan Thomas, 42, lives in South Seattle but runs his business, All Star Tattoos and Piercings, out of a basement studio in a mixed-use apartment building in the 300 block of Fourth Avenue South, court and property records show. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Vending-machine dispute leads to a murder charge against Seattle tattoo artist," 28 Nov. 2018 Joe Watts, Indiana State Police The suspect opened fire Friday from the second floor of a Terre Haute apartment building after he was approached by four investigators, police said in a news release. Fox News, "Indiana police officer killed in shootout identified," 2 Oct. 2018 East Chicago Fire Chief Anthony Serna said Saturday that firefighters were called at 1:27 p.m. July 6 to a four-unit apartment building in the 4800 block of Baring Avenue. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Chief says 8-year-old helped rescue baby brother, dog in East Chicago apartment fire: 'She’s the real hero'," 7 July 2018 Silence settled on City Council chambers Tuesday afternoon as zoning committee members voted narrowly to defeat an embattled proposal to build a new apartment building with 30 units of affordable housing near O’Hare airport. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Housing Lost battle on affordable housing means war on aldermanic prerogative will continue," 26 June 2018 According to police, Steven fled, and police pursued him on foot, eventually chasing him up the stairwell of his grandmother’s apartment building on Chicago’s West Side. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Teen Shooting Victim Steven Rosenthal's Family Counters Suicide Ruling," 20 Aug. 2018 Koehler and Moore relied on a biomechanical engineer, who compared patrol-car video from outside the apartment building and full audio of the call, recorded on the officers’ microphones, to the hallway surveillance video. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Two attorneys ordered to pay more than $24,000 over perjury allegation against Seattle police officer who shot Charleena Lyles," 6 Aug. 2018 Fire trucks and engines, police cars and ambulances lined the Drive from 80th to 81st Streets, and water pooled in pathways outside the brick apartment building. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Residents escape on ladders from Chatham apartment fire," 13 July 2018 Jordan was selling the water bottles outside the family's apartment building, which is across the street from AT&T Stadium, where the Giants were playing that day, Austin said. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Video of San Francisco woman appearing to call cops on 8-year-old girl selling water goes viral," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of apartment building

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of apartment building was in 1845

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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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