penthouse

noun pent·house \ ˈpent-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of penthouse

1 a :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

Examples of penthouse in a Sentence

  1. had a small penthouse built to serve as a toolshed

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Origin and Etymology of penthouse

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

penthouse Synonyms

Synonyms
addition, extension, annex
Related Words
arm, ell, wing

PENTHOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

penthouse

noun

Definition of penthouse for English Language Learners

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


PENTHOUSE Defined for Kids

penthouse

noun pent·house \ ˈpent-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of penthouse for Students

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


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