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 condominium (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 The day of the killing, Watson worked at Soldier Field with an acquaintance, then went with the acquaintance to a nearby grocery story and bought alcohol, before sitting in front of a condominium building drinking for a while, prosecutors said. Charles J. Johnson,, 11 May 2021 In Kips Bay, a new 100-unit high-rise condominium building called VU New York stretches 36-floors high, far above many of its surrounding structures. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Williams was one of two men who were fatally shot early Wednesday after an encounter with officer David Hall Dixon outside his condominium building in Takoma Park, Md., police said. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 In the Loop, Hunter and his wife paid $1.04 million in 2012 to buy the condominium from its developer. Bob Goldsborough,, 24 May 2021 With help from state police Major Crimes detectives, local police searched Edwards’ condominium and three vehicles a week ago. Jesse Leavenworth,, 21 May 2021 In places like Jaffa, gentrification has caused tension as many of its mostly working-class Arab residents are being priced out by luxury hotel and condominium projects. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2021 High-rise condominium buildings are no longer beacons to home shoppers who were once willing to pay soaring prices and fees for concierge services, never-ending views and walkability to social and cultural pleasures. oregonlive, 13 May 2021 The lifestyle a Dallas condominium offers is easy, breezy and sleek. Dallas News, 9 May 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Condominium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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