con·do·min·i·um | \ ˌkän-də-ˈmi-nē-əm \
plural condominiums also condominia\ˌkän-də-ˈmi-nē-ə \

Definition of condominium 

1a : joint dominion especially : joint sovereignty by two or more nations

b : a government operating under joint rule

2 : a politically dependent territory under condominium

3a : individual ownership of a unit in a multiunit structure (such as an apartment building) or on land owned in common (such as a town house complex) also : a unit so owned

b : a building containing condominiums

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On a recent morning, Wood collected nine iguanas from cage traps set on a poop-speckled canal dock behind a condominium in North Miami Beach. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "South Florida is suffering from an iguana infestation. A solution? Think barbecue.," 11 July 2018 The 73-year-old retiree, a native Washingtonian, lives in a Northgate condominium. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Travel ban ruling leaves Seattle woman wondering when she will see her husband again," 26 June 2018 Her assets at the time included the Milwaukee house and timeshares in two condominiums in Orlando, Fla. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Finalist for city health commissioner has history of personal financial troubles," 13 June 2018 The condominium association did not announce how much the restoration and operation of the sign would cost. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Iconic Western Auto sign to relight the Kansas City skyline | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 While on an excursion in Houston this spring, members of the Kingwood Garden Club toured what used to be an empty lot, but was now repurposed as a beautiful garden by the local condominium association. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Garden Club helps Kingwood go green," 19 May 2018 On the other side, all of the condominium associations surrounding the project — representing 284 units — endorsed the store. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF planners delay Polk Street Whole Foods project, seek housing component," 26 Apr. 2018 Hart may have also violated her condominium association’s bylaws to rent to Pruitt. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The lobbyist who rented a room to Scott Pruitt may have broken condo bylaws—and D.C. law.," 6 Apr. 2018 To my husband, the message focused on other things: driving at night and maintaining the inside of our home, even while our condominium association saw to the outside. Sally Friedman,, "What to ask when considering a continuing care retirement community," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of condominium

circa 1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for condominium

New Latin, from Latin com- + dominium domain

New Latin, joint dominion, from Latin com- with, together + dominium rule, ownership

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English Language Learners Definition of condominium

: a room or set of rooms that is owned by the people who live there and that is part of a larger building containing other similar sets of rooms

: a building that contains condominiums


con·do·min·i·um | \ ˌkän-də-ˈmi-nē-əm \

Kids Definition of condominium

: an individually owned unit in a building with many units


con·do·min·i·um | \ ˌkän-də-ˈmi-nē-əm \
plural condominiums

Legal Definition of condominium 

1 : ownership of real property that is characterized by separate ownership of portions of the property (as units in an apartment building) and undivided or joint ownership of the remainder (as the common areas of an apartment building) the conversion of real property to the condominium form of ownershipTroy Ltd. v. Renna, 727 F.2d 287 (1984) — compare cooperative

2 : real property (as an apartment or building) having condominium ownership a two-bedroom condominium

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