apartment

noun
apart·​ment | \ ə-ˈpärt-mənt \
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 \ adjective

Synonyms for apartment

Synonyms

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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Investigators searched his family’s apartment in central Hesse state Sunday evening before detaining him. Geir Moulson, The Seattle Times, "German suspect in politician data hack says he acted alone," 8 Jan. 2019 But architect John Toya, who lives off Alamo Square, brought his personality and a sense of whimsy to his apartment, filling it with mementos from his travels and reclaimed industrial cast-offs. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 We were freed from using the geriatric, unreliable oven that came with our apartment, and cookies, pizzas, and baked chicken dishes were now heated all the way through. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 After struggling for years, Rankin had begun to improve his life and had just moved into his own apartment the day of the incident. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Former Navajo Nation police officer sentenced to 16 years in prison for fatal DUI crash," 14 July 2018 On July 5, investigators arrested Epheson Fikru at his Harris County apartment. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Fake Florida ID tied to Harris County fraud case," 12 July 2018 Other times, Brown visits people in the building who can't get out of their apartments. City Bureau, Chicago Reader, "These candid photos capture how seniors are growing communities—while growing older—on the south side," 12 July 2018 Though never formally charged with any crime herself, she was prevented by security agents from leaving their apartment in Beijing and allowed only limited access to telephone or internet services. The Economist, "China frees the widow of a Nobel peace-prize winner," 11 July 2018 McGuffin was bed-ridden and recovering from a serious flesh-eating infection when, according to the lawsuit, Smitley entered her apartment without notice or permission and demanded that McGuffin leave. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Judge: Landlord must pay $220,000 for discriminating against ill tenant," 11 July 2018

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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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apartment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apartment

: a usually rented room or set of rooms that is part of a building and is used as a place to live

: a large and impressive room or set of rooms

apartment

noun
apart·​ment | \ ə-ˈpärt-mənt \

Kids Definition of apartment

: a room or set of rooms rented as a home

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