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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Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved out of their apartment at Kensington Palace and into a new home called Frogmore Cottage. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Renovations to Frogmore Cottage Cost $3.05 Million in Public Funds," 24 June 2019 Her Atlanta apartment became a refuge from the demands and pressure of his growing fame. Jason Miller, The Conversation, "The civil rights activist so close to Martin Luther King Jr. she was thought of as his ‘other wife’," 24 June 2019 Landlords cut back on maintenance of their apartments and hotels during the Depression, a lower class of tenants began to move in, and a downward spiral ensued. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019 Each apartment will have full-size washers and dryers, ceiling fans, walk-in and linen closets, window blinds and kitchen islands. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole’s Warley Park — is this the new model for homeless housing?," 27 June 2019 The victim was able to escape when the suspect went to another apartment, according to the arrest citation. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Man was kidnapped, put in dog collar and tortured at Louisville apartment, police say," 26 June 2019 In this version, Brody says goodbye to Kristin before going back to his apartment, where Lauren’s waiting on the couch. Nicole Pomarico, refinery29.com, "The Hills Series Finale Was One Of The Wildest TV Moments Ever, In Case You Forgot," 25 June 2019 While Joseph Irby spent the night in jail, Courtney Irby went to his apartment and took his assault rifle and handgun. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "A Florida woman turned in her husband's guns after his domestic violence arrest. Police arrested her for theft," 24 June 2019 The apartment has and in-laundry and a walk-in closet. Hoodline, The Mercury News, "Renting in San Jose: What you can find for $3,700," 20 June 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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