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)
: joint dominion
especially : joint sovereignty by two or more nations
: a government operating under joint rule
: a politically dependent territory under condominium
: 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
: a building containing condominiums

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Brand used the proceeds to purchase a Cambridge condominium and Zhao paid him $50,000 toward the purchase and an additional $154,600 for renovations, prosecutors allege. Shelley Murphy,, 2 Dec. 2022 His parents, professors at Stanford Law, owned a vacation condominium worth millions of dollars. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2022 The Bowie condominium is the first zero-net-energy residential project in Washington, according to developer Marc Bassin. Benjamin C. Tankersley, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 Related is building the boutique condominium with roughly 50 units on the last remaining parcel of land on Fisher Island, considered one of the most exclusive ZIP Codes in the country and accessible only by ferry or other boats. Deborah Acosta, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2022 The Light House is a four-unit condominium in a 1915 neoclassical former church across from Dolores Park. The Week Staff, The Week, 20 Nov. 2022 State lawmakers subsequently passed a bill that required condominium and cooperative associations to re-evaluate their structures by the end of 2024 and have funds in reserve for upgrades. Livia Albeck-ripka, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2022 Depending on the occasion, Corcoran could assemble 20, 60, sometimes even as many as 100 art world people for dinner, conversation or a casual celebration, all in an 1,100-square-foot one-bedroom condominium in a Century City high-rise. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2022 Homes range from historical to downtown Northville to a condominium that boasts an unusual collection. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin com- + dominium domain

First Known Use

circa 1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of condominium was circa 1714

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“Condominium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


con·​do·​min·​i·​um ˌkän-də-ˈmin-ē-əm How to pronounce condominium (audio)
: an individually owned unit in a structure (as an apartment building) with many units

Legal Definition


con·​do·​min·​i·​um ˌkän-də-ˈmi-nē-əm How to pronounce condominium (audio)
plural condominiums
: 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 ownership Troy Ltd. v. Renna, 727 F.2d 287 (1984)
compare cooperative
: 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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