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

Homes on the site now include a single-family house, a duplex, a triplex, and a two-story, nine-unit apartment building, according to city staff. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hallandale Beach may get 8-story medical building," 12 July 2018 Growth in some other categories of lending, such as for commercial real-estate projects like apartment buildings, by contrast, is slowing. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "Business-Loan Drought Ends for Banks," 8 July 2018 The car was in the parking lot of an apartment building, next to another car that was missing its license plates. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage car thieves are targeting Subarus. Case in point: His was stolen twice in one week.," 5 July 2018 Elgin has about 12,600 rental units, including two flat homes, apartment buildings, duplexes and townhomes, Basham said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin considers rental license fee increase for landlords," 3 July 2018 Just east of Azura's proposed two-story building, construction crews are in the process of building four luxury apartment buildings containing 105 units. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Azura plans 80-unit memory care facility at former Dunwood School site in Fox Point," 18 June 2018 Expecting something more celebratory, Luce was shocked by the final work, which depicts the young woman in mid-fall from the window of her Central Park South apartment building — and also, in the same image, dead and bleeding on the pavement. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "How the Phoenix Art Museum acquired Frida Kahlo’s 'Suicide' painting," 13 July 2018 According to the Instagram post, Jordan was selling the water outside of their apartment building in the San Francisco area. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A White Woman Called the Police on an 8-Year-Old Girl for Selling Water," 24 June 2018 Hollywood police observed Blanc several times in the alley that runs behind his apartment building. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Killer shot father-in-law in back because he couldn't look in his eyes, cops say," 14 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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