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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Sign-up Photo: Eytan Webber/The Corcoran Group This penthouse condominium has five bedrooms and spans about 5,800 square feet, plus a roughly 4,000-square-foot terrace. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Two Harlem Townhouses Ask One Record-Breaking $27 Million Price," 11 Jan. 2019 In recent days, the stunning 6,144 square foot condominium 64/65 AB at 721 Fifth Avenue has hit the market for a cool $24.5 million. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Apartment below President's Trump Tower penthouse hits the market for $24.5 million," 18 Aug. 2018 The $21 million proposal from owner-developers Dwight Avram and Jeff Brown includes first-floor retail and commercial space, 21 condominiums on the building’s upper three floors and underground parking for residents. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Developers to make case for building surrounding old Nichols Library at commission hearing," 24 May 2018 All three people live together in Ronaldihno’s Rio condominium. Dan Gartland,, "Brazilian Legend Ronaldinho Will Marry Two Women at the Same Time," 24 May 2018 Katherine Jackson lived in the family home in California, while her husband spent his final years in a 1,000-square-foot condominium in Las Vegas. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Joseph Jackson, pop-music patriarch who guided his children to stardom, dies at 89," 27 June 2018 Some of the auction and raffle items include Ohio State football tickets and use of an RV; Indians, Browns and Cavaliers tickets; a weeklong stay at a condominium in Siesta Key, Fla.; and a few golf packages for local courses. Alyssa Alfano,, "Raymond Biegel Memorial softball tournament to raise money for Medina's Special Olympics teams," 4 May 2018 Earlier this month, the twins, now 69, sat in the living room of Sharon’s comfy but elegant condominium in Mount Laurel to talk about the disease that changed both of their lives. Marie Mccullough,, "Her identical twin saved her life 25 years ago. Now they're cancer activists," 17 Apr. 2018 An accident at a condominium project in East Harlem last June left two ironworkers injured when a crane fell several stories to street level. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Two Construction Managers Face Criminal Charges in Crane Accident," 8 Nov. 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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