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 unit is located at 508 West 24th, a ten-story condominium building with a full-time doorman, great security system, fitness room, storage, bike room, and common courtyard with gas grills. Emma Reynolds, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Ortiz and Peralta also lived for a time in the same luxury condominium building in Santo Domingo, the Naco Blue Tower, Ortiz one floor below Peralta. Globe Staff,, 19 Mar. 2022 As in a condominium, the administration of the community rest with a board of directors elected by the shareholders. Gary Singer, Sun Sentinel, 7 July 2022 This one-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse was in a 2008 condominium with an elevator. Maeve Higgins, The New Yorker, 22 June 2022 San Diego police have identified the woman found dead last week in a Rancho Peñasquitos condominium as 45-year-old Nahal Connie Dadkhah. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2022 State police arrested a man after finding another man dead in a Killingly condominium late Tuesday. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 26 May 2022 Jane Macy-Painter and her husband, Earl Henrichon, have lived in a brownstone condominium on Buckingham Street for 17 years and are raising their daughter, Lillian, 9, there. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 3 Apr. 2022 One person is dead after a fire in an Oconomowoc condominium late Thursday night. Drew Dawson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Condominium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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