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

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This is only one of the ways in which a left-right condominium might do economic damage in the next Congress. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Drug Price-Control Threat," 8 Jan. 2019 Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward in late June paid $6.934 million to buy a 19th-floor condominium unit in the luxury high-rise building at 9 W. Walton St. on the Gold Coast. Bob Goldsborough,, "Jason Heyward pays $6.934 million for luxury high-rise condo in Gold Coast," 12 July 2018 The couple bought a New York City condominium together in 2014, according to People. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Here's What Will Happen to Anthony Bourdain's Fortune," 6 July 2018 Their collateral includes a subordinated mortgage on the Moderne's apartment, parking and retail portions; a first mortgage on the condominium units; and personal guarantees from Barrett and his partner, Tan Lo. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "City loan to help finance downtown Milwaukee's Moderne apartment high-rise paid off," 19 June 2018 Among other things, the EPA chief is also under investigation for renting a Capitol Hill condominium linked to an energy lobbyist. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "In Boise, EPA head Scott Pruitt talks pollution program, ducks ethics questions," 5 June 2018 For now the project, a mix of luxury condominiums, a hotel, restaurants and shops, is on hold. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Once flat and wide on the frontier, Western cityscapes are now rising tall and sleek," 4 Feb. 2019 The city’s Department of Finance has long restricted cooperative apartment and condominium owners who buy under a limited liability company or limited partnership from getting a partial tax abatement. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Apartment Buyers Who Use Corporate Name for Security Reasons May Get Tax Break," 29 Jan. 2019 The other three development plans call for renovating the structure for apartments or condominiums. Detroit Free Press, "Decision on future of Ladywood property delayed, no timetable in sight," 6 July 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

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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