pent·house | \ ˈpent-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of penthouse 

1a : a shed or roof attached to and sloping from a wall or building

b : a smaller structure joined to a building : annex

2 : a structure or dwelling on the roof or top floor of a building

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Synonyms for penthouse


addition, annex, extension

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Examples of penthouse in a Sentence

had a small penthouse built to serve as a toolshed

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Lula was convicted a year ago of accepting $1.2 million in bribes from contractor OAS, which prosecutors said was used to buy and renovate a luxury penthouse apartment in the seaside town of Guaruja. Jill Langlois,, "Brazil's judges duel over whether to release former President Lula from prison," 9 July 2018 Her penthouse apartment had a paneled foyer with a skylight, a library with a fireplace and an atrium adjacent to the dining room. Janet Eastman,, "On the market: Over-the-top, luxury condos (photos)," 12 May 2018 In a staircase that leads to a Manhattan penthouse’s terrace, New York designers Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron delivered a brooding forecast with a sprinkle of whimsy. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "Five Stairways Go From Dull to Dramatic," 13 July 2018 The remainder of the mall, including the long-empty anchor location originally occupied by Parisian, is owned by an LLC with the same address as a Las Vegas penthouse registered to Moonbeam CEO Steven Maksin. Tyler Estep, ajc, "Gwinnett Place: Apartment developer buys soon-to-close Sears store," 12 June 2018 Correction: June 7, 2018 An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the listing price of a Park Avenue penthouse. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "May’s Most Popular Properties," 7 June 2018 Both are trapped by circumstances, but Sullivan gets to buy a penthouse overlooking the capitol building while Costigan’s mental health slowly crumbles. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Martin Scorsese's Best Gangster Movie Is on Netflix," 2 June 2018 After their split, it was also announced that Malik also just bought a new penthouse in SoHo, less than a mile away from Gigi's pad in NoHo. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Were Just Seen Kissing in Public," 30 Apr. 2018 The remaining penthouse, listed for $13.85 million, is the building’s only unsold unit. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Like Your Apartment’s Design? Thank Your Agent," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of penthouse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for penthouse

alteration of Middle English pentis, from Anglo-French apentiz, from apent, past participle of apendre, appendre to attach, hang against — more at append

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The first known use of penthouse was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of penthouse

: an apartment on the top floor or roof of a building


pent·house | \ ˈpent-ˌhau̇s \

Kids Definition of penthouse

: an apartment on the top floor or roof of a building

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