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 plural Assured 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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Other Words from apartment

apartmental \ ə-​ˌpärt-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce apartmental (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for apartment


diggings [chiefly British], digs, flat [chiefly British], lodgings, suite, tenement

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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

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The dining room feels like a first apartment with hand-me-down furniture and a desire to be taken seriously. Catherine Blinder, courant.com, "Firehouse dinner: Cooking, camaraderie and a shared meal at Hartford’s West End Station," 17 Sep. 2019 Then Roger Holder, a charismatic 23-year-old energized by the Black Power movement, knocked on the door to her apartment one day in January 1972, looking for her roommate. oregonlive, "How Coos Bay’s ‘All-American girl’ became a daring skyjacker, then disappeared into 1970s underground," 16 Sep. 2019 Ocasek, famed frontman for The Cars rock band, has been found dead in a New York City apartment. Andrew Dalton, baltimoresun.com, "Rock star Ric Ocasek of The Cars, a Baltimore native, is dead at 75 from cardiovascular disease," 16 Sep. 2019 Shalimar Learning Center started out of a modest apartment to offer after-school homework help to at-risk kids in the lower-income, once-dangerous neighborhood. Daily Pilot, "Newport moms and daughters give $30K so kids at Costa Mesa’s Shalimar Learning Center can learn to code," 13 Sep. 2019 Between the walk from therapy to her apartment in the West Village, Calloway, a wildly popular Instagram influencer, shared the news with her nearly 800,000 followers. NBC News, "Influencer Caroline Calloway speaks about grief, friendship and stepping into her own power," 12 Sep. 2019 First, there was her housing: the agency charged her $1,800 a month for a bunk bed in a two-bedroom Jersey City apartment with six other girls. Isabel Cristo, The New Republic, "Fashion Week’s Labor Problem Is Our Labor Problem," 11 Sep. 2019 The woman, who has not been publicly identified, was uninvolved in the incident, and was sleeping in a different apartment when she was accidentally shot, Boles said. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Sleeping woman shot in Orange County during deadly invasion of different apartment; 1 suspect fatally shot," 6 Sep. 2019 The two did not know each other, but Mejia-Maya watched Thrasher come and go to her apartment on Clipper Drive, authorities said. George Houde, chicagotribune.com, "‘I hope it’s hell on earth for you,’ mom of Schaumburg murder victim says to man sentenced to spend rest of life in prison," 4 Sep. 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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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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