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

He is involved in several large housing developments, including a 253-unit apartment building on 21st Street. Ryan Lillis And Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Is a planned 40-story tower in downtown Sacramento finally on track?," 12 July 2018 Urbanization doesn’t happen overnight, but the waterfront has experienced a series of small victories in the last seven years, from pier parks to the new Fringe Arts theater to One Water Street, a 16-story apartment building. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Let's not welcome a Wawa on Philadelphia's Delaware waterfront | Inga Saffron," 4 July 2018 Residents of a Glendale apartment building were left temporarily homeless over the weekend after a natural-gas explosion forced them out while repairs are made. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Explosion sends debris flying from Glendale apartment, displaces residents," 19 June 2018 Development has grown quickly in recent years around the office buildings at Toringdon, with a new 245-unit apartment building and a 120-room hotel. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "A new, eight-story building is about to be built in this booming part of Charlotte," 12 June 2018 In the front of the Yard, at the 116th Street entrance, will be a 252-unit apartment building. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Hyatt hotel planned for the Yard in Fishers as project cost soars," 5 June 2018 In Santa Monica, Synanites beat up two black couples who had parked their car at a Synanon apartment building. Hillel Aron, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Story of This Drug Rehab-Turned-Violent Cult Is Wild, Wild Country-Caliber Bizarre," 23 Apr. 2018 Located in a crumbling apartment building, it can be reached by a rattling iron-cage elevator from the 1920s operated by an elderly resident. Néstor Martí, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Saved Havana," 18 Apr. 2018 After an historic Rittenhouse apartment building went up in flames, its owner was able to restore the beat-up gem to its former glory. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pickleball takes over the Jersey Shore, Pa. Supreme Court donations in question | Morning Newsletter," 12 July 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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