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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In the WeWork building west of Times Square in New York, the penthouse floor is occupied by employees from Nasdaq—just two blocks from the stock exchange’s own spacious offices. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018 With the exception of the penthouse floors, each floor would have six condominium units with an average of 2,000 square feet. Chuck Fieldman,, "Residents crowd Oak Brook meeting to oppose 22-story luxury condo development," 12 July 2018 However, Dubensky told reporters that train station penthouses are a possibility. Detroit Free Press, "Ford would demolish this vacant Detroit building," 21 June 2018 Sacramento real estate appraiser Ryan Lundquist, who publishes the Sacramento Appraisal Blog, said the penthouse price tag is the third highest in county history, tied with a 2004 sale of the former governor's mansion in Carmichael. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "He just bought the $4.1 million penthouse at the Kings' downtown condo tower. Here's why," 21 June 2018 The Duke product practically blends into the New York skyline while perched on the penthouse rooftop of the Hotel on Rivington, less than 40 hours before the 2018 NBA draft. Jake Fischer,, "Marvin Bagley: 'I Still Think I Could Be the No. 1 Pick'," 20 June 2018 Baibakov re-listed the penthouse for $12.15 million a year ago. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Russian oligarch sells Beach penthouse for $9.53 million," 30 May 2018 The startup branded downtown Orlando’s skyline as a marquis company with signage atop what is now Chase Plaza, where Maher leased the penthouse floor. Mary Shanklin,, "Partner on energy projects, Baldwin Park convicted," 20 Dec. 2017 Rent at Union Berkley Riverfront ranges from $1,000 for a 500-square-foot studio to $7,000 for a 2,210-square-foot penthouse suite with three private balconies. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "No vacancy: This historic downtown KC hotel has 'micro' apartments for $525 a month," 14 June 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 \

Kids Definition of penthouse

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

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