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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Noah Properties is holding out the possibility of a conversion to condominiums in the future. Staff Report,, "Two Elmwood Park residential projects receive green light from village board," 18 June 2018 The man, in his late 30s, was taken by medics to a hospital with a sliced Achilles tendon from kicking in a glass door to the condominium, police Officer Steve Bourasa said. Pauline Repard,, "El Cortez 12th-floor burglary suspect injured, poses as worker," 16 June 2018 Run-down apartments gave way to new and pricey condominiums. Bart Barnes, Washington Post, "Eugene Hughes, who led boxing academy for young Washingtonians, dies at 80," 10 May 2018 But the growing use of subprime loans was helping fuel a housing boom, so the plans were switched to condominiums. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From former tannery to high-end housing: The North End helps transform downtown Milwaukee," 13 Apr. 2018 At a children’s birthday party early that year, Mr. Livingston learned from a father who lived across from the American Museum of Natural History that his rental building, The Orleans, was on the verge of converting to condominium. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "A Taste for Renovation," 10 Apr. 2018 Some residents of the building, which was converted to condominiums years ago, feel the same way but face a challenge: the price of keeping the sign on. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "At KC’s Western Auto building, residents try to relight an iconic neon sign," 26 July 2017 In more intensive collaborations, brokers are teaming up with developers in exchange for exclusive listing rights when the condominiums come to market. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Like Your Apartment’s Design? Thank Your Agent," 12 July 2018 The condominiums have 11-foot ceilings and floors of wide-plank white oak. John King,, "Well-crafted Jackson Square condos rich in design inspiration," 2 July 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

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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

History and Etymology for condominium

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

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