con·​do·​min·​i·​um | \ ˌkän-də-ˈmi-nē-əm How to pronounce condominium (audio) \
plural condominiums also condominia\ ˌkän-​də-​ˈmi-​nē-​ə How to pronounce condominia (audio) \

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

Examples of condominium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One section of the stair railing in my 1903 condominium has been broken and poorly repaired for many years. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Restoring a century-old stair rail," 22 June 2020 An affidavit unsealed Friday alleges Shi wooed investors in a condominium and hotel complex with the promise that condo purchases would enable them to obtain U.S. visas under a program that encourages foreign investments in American businesses. Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, "Arcadia woman accused of targeting Chinese investors in $20-million real estate scam," 20 June 2020 Home: This is a 1-bed, 1-and-a-half bath, 1,550-square foot, luxury condominium in The George at 42 that was built in 2020. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This custom 1-bed luxury condo in Louisville features elegant touches in open, airy space," 19 June 2020 Twisted Vine is located on the ground floor of the Pewaukee Lake condominium development Beachscape, 145 W. Wisconsin Ave. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'People have just been amazing': Twisted Vine Wine Shop and Bar opens in Pewaukee," 15 June 2020 These spirits, or at least the pair of figurines representing them, were too tubby to fit through the door to their new spirit house at the Baan Pitak condominium in Bangkok. Adam Dean,, "In every corner of Bangkok, spirits need a home and maybe a strawberry Fanta," 13 June 2020 The bodies of two men in their 40s were found with stab wounds around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday on a beach behind L’Hermitage, a condominium complex with waterfront properties. Fox News, "Bloody corpses found on Florida beach may be linked to dramatic I-95 chase: police," 11 June 2020 Pian was arrested Tuesday in the hallway of her Waikiki condominium building and charged with violating quarantine. USA TODAY, "Hawaii resident arrested in traveler quarantine violation," 11 June 2020 Two units asking roughly $30 million each have sold at the under-construction condominium 111 West 57th Street since March, according to Michael Stern of JDS Development, one of the building’s developers. ... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Two Major Deals Offer Hope For Manhattan’s Stalled Luxury Condo Market," 9 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Condominium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of condominium

chiefly US
: 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 How to pronounce condominium (audio) \

Kids Definition of condominium

: an individually owned unit in a building with many units


con·​do·​min·​i·​um | \ ˌkän-də-ˈmi-nē-əm How to pronounce condominium (audio) \
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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