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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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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The rooms are about 160-square-feet with the addition of a 1,500-square-foot penthouse suite on the third floor. Johnny Diaz,, "Emilio and Gloria Estefan unveil their renovated Cardozo South Beach hotel," 13 June 2019 The allegation that Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo raped a woman in a penthouse at the Palms Casino Resort in June 2009 has become a controversy for a U.S. federal court to resolve. Michael Mccann,, "Cristiano Ronaldo Rape Case Still Very Much Open Despite Dropped Lawsuit," 5 June 2019 That night, while O’Hara and his pal Mayor McCoy were strategizing in the penthouse at Narragansett, a caravan of state police arrived to arrest O’Hara on the libel charge. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 Last year, an Asian buyer agreed to pay $180 million for the penthouse, a 12,536-square-foot, five-level apartment inside the building’s glittering apex, Mr. Doronin said. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "A Russian Billionaire’s $1.3 Billion Bet on New York’s Iconic Crown Building," 13 June 2019 Plus, the distinctive look helps to market the building, whose apartments range from studios that go for $2,100 a month to a penthouse (still unoccupied) whose monthly charge is $12,000. Blair Kamin,, "A new oval apartment tower breaks out of the box and brightens downtown’s western edge," 12 June 2019 The penthouse, which spans 15,000 square feet and is located at West 42nd Street in Manhattan, went up for sale a year ago. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Buy This NYC Penthouse, And Get Two Free Tickets to Space," 30 May 2019 Although the sale of the luxurious penthouse was previously reported, the identity of the buyer has until now remained unknown. Flora Carr, Fortune, "Michael Dell Bought the Most Expensive Apartment Ever Sold in NYC," 23 Feb. 2018 There were also plans to give the building’s $50 million penthouse to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alex Ward, Vox, "Why Michael Cohen’s Trump Tower Moscow revelation matters, in under 500 words," 30 Nov. 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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English Language Learners Definition of penthouse

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


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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