condominium

noun

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)
1
a
: joint dominion
especially : joint sovereignty by two or more nations
b
: a government operating under joint rule
2
: a politically dependent territory under condominium
3
a
: 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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Rincón, a condominium began building a private pool right next to the beach last year, which sparked protests and a legal battle. Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Sep. 2022 The concept of Starting Lineup started when Bruce Stein, who was Kenner senior vice president of marketing before becoming company president from 1989-94, moved to Cincinnati and bought a condominium from McInally in 1987. Kyle Brown, The Enquirer, 19 Sep. 2022 Seeing demand: Downtown Boca Raton has seen a surge in development with new high-rises, apartments and condominium buildings. Wells Dusenbury, Sun Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2022 The units must be installed at a house, town house, condominium or apartment served by the DWP. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 When construction topped out at New York’s Central Park Tower, the Billionaires’ Row mega-tower set a record for the world’s tallest residential condominium, at 1,550 feet high. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 Anyone buying a house, condominium or townhouse should get a home inspection, which is an unbiased, noninvasive evaluation of a property. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2022 The piece of the park west of the road is hemmed in on the north and south by condominium buildings and buttressed by cobblestones along the creek and the surf line. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2022 Former University of Chicago President and Chancellor Robert Zimmer and his wife, classics professor Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, placed a three-bedroom, 4,350-square-foot duplex condominium on the Near North Side on the market Thursday for $3.6 million. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin com- + dominium domain

First Known Use

circa 1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of condominium was circa 1714

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Cite this Entry

“Condominium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condominium. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

condominium

noun

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

Legal Definition

condominium

noun

con·​do·​min·​i·​um ˌkän-də-ˈmi-nē-əm How to pronounce condominium (audio)
plural condominiums
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 ownership Troy 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

Last Updated: 25 Sep 2022

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