pent·​house | \ ˈpent-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce penthouse (audio) \

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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Examples of penthouse in a Sentence

had a small penthouse built to serve as a toolshed
Recent Examples on the Web The penthouse, listed for $20 million, is the crown jewel, and is surrounded by private outdoor spaces and wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing in plenty of natural light. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 In 2017, a Russian buyer snagged the largest penthouse at Fisher Island’s Palazzo del Sol—a luxury condominium where Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov used to have a residence—for $31 million. Fortune, 4 Mar. 2022 Diana Ross had the penthouse, various executives and many of the artists who were not Detroit-based were there, like Cindy Birdsong and Bobby Taylor of Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers. Jem Aswad, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 The 2-acre estate also includes a guest penthouse, outdoor lounge, a handful of lawns and multiple caretaker residences. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2022 The five-bedroom, five-bath contemporary penthouse, listed for $19.9 million, is at Beach House 8, an oceanfront condominium at 3651 Collins Ave. Robyn A. Friedman,, 3 Feb. 2022 Court records suggest the exact unit was penthouse 28, a 4,164-square foot apartment. Dan Alexander, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 La Belle Epoque penthouse in Monaco and the Pollock's Path Estate in Hong Kong, according to Christie's Real Estate. CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 Also listed is the project’s top-floor penthouse, owned by Fawaz Al Hokair, a Saudi billionaire property mogul, which is on the market for $169 million, according to people familiar with the building. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Penthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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pent·​house | \ ˈpent-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce penthouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of penthouse

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

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