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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Last August, the businessman was found dead of a suspected overdose in his Trump Tower apartment. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Bethenny Frankel Is Not Married to Boyfriend Paul Bernon Despite Cryptic Tweet," 23 Aug. 2019 Some from his old apartment, one trick or treating with the kids. Summer Block, Longreads, "Better Late," 23 Aug. 2019 According to the developer’s application, Avon Gardens would consist of 200 apartment units spread across two buildings, as well as 30 duplex units and 40 quad units. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Avon considers application for 270 new units on Avonwood Road," 21 Aug. 2019 Two cats and two dogs were rescued from an apartment fire in Evanston Tuesday night after firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "2 dogs, 2 cats rescued from Evanston apartment fire," 20 Aug. 2019 The original Meletio buildings fronting on Cesar Chavez will be preserved as the entry to the new apartment units. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Developer clears downtown Dallas site for East Quarter mixed-use high-rise," 15 Aug. 2019 Bezos spent about $80 million on three apartment units on New York City’s Fifth Avenue in June, the Wall Street Journal reported. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos went on a $3 billion stock selling spree," 6 Aug. 2019 Phoenix firefighters extinguished two separate apartment fires Saturday — and rescued animals in both instances. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Phoenix fire crews put out 2 apartment fires Saturday — and rescued several animals," 3 Aug. 2019 Firefighters have responded to an apartment fire at 13312 Community Road. Pomerado News, "Firefighters respond to Poway apartment fire," 29 July 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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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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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