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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Roughly 3,000 new apartment units have been permitted for Everett in a former industrial area where the Silver Line would pass, Monty said. BostonGlobe.com, "The Silver Line lining drop// Could Everett be the next boomtown?," 4 Apr. 2021 As a major, Burbrink oversaw the Criminal Interdiction Division, which was responsible for requesting and attempting to execute the search warrant at Taylor's apartment. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police withhold records in major's demotion for butting into Breonna Taylor case," 3 Apr. 2021 The London apartment where Princess Diana lived with her girlfriends before getting engaged to Prince Charles will be receiving an English Heritage blue plaque this year. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Apartment Will Receive an English Heritage Blue Plaque," 3 Apr. 2021 An apartment resident contacted police on March 20 to report that an iPhone that had been delivered at 11:13 a.m. that day was stolen. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Woman sounds horn, thwarts attempted carjacking: Lakewood Police Blotter," 3 Apr. 2021 Two adults and three children died as a result of an apartment fire early Sunday on Geyer Springs Road, according to a Little Rock Fire Department news release. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "April 2, 2021: This week in Arkansas news," 2 Apr. 2021 Once they’re ensconced in Joan’s apartment, Frances and Malcolm are invited to dinner by Madame Reynard (Valerie Mahaffey), despite their not knowing her. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘French Exit’ is too quirky for its own good," 2 Apr. 2021 To drag their projects across the finish line, some developers have been slashing prices by as much as half, which could be the equivalent of millions of dollars less per apartment than originally intended. New York Times, "A Home Buyers’ Bonanza in Manhattan," 2 Apr. 2021 The flow of the apartment centers around a roughly 12-by-nine-foot foyer that leads to a 21-foot-long living room, which has a big window and a door out to a terrace with views down to midtown. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "A Carefully Crafted Mid-Century Time Capsule on the Concourse," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Apartment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apartment. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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