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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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 penthouse in the Wharf in Washington, D.C., has a small meditation garden that overlooks the Potomac and several monuments. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "The Latest Housing Hotspot: Downtown and by the River," 6 Dec. 2018 In season 3, Matt is appalled to learn that Kingpin has been transferred from prison to a plush penthouse in exchange for cooperating with the FBI to bring down other criminal syndicates. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Most Read," 12 Oct. 2018 Unit 4009 is a 3,000-square foot penthouse in one of those 41-story towers sprouting like bamboo in the Amazon jungle. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Another ‘Manhattan moment’: Seattle’s new $19,265-a-month apartment," 13 July 2018 Its luxury apartments range from studio units, with monthly rents starting at $1,415, to three-bedroom penthouse units, at $7,485. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown Milwaukee's newest high-rise starts moving in residents — who enjoy amazing views," 2 July 2018 White also owns a condo in Park City, Utah and a penthouse in New York City’s East Village, bought in 2008 for $1.9 million, according to Variety. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How Much Shaun White Is Worth," 14 Feb. 2018 One of eight penthouses, for their sweeping views of the Caribbean, outdoor living rooms, personal plunge pools, and luxe outdoor showers, writes Traveler contributor Cynthia Rosenfeld. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: Fly to Cancún for $240 Round-Trip," 21 Dec. 2018 Trump was in his Trump Tower penthouse — 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the World Trade Center — during the 2001 attacks. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Trump to mark 17 years since Sept. 11 at Pennsylvania field," 10 Sep. 2018 The penthouse apartment has a rooftop terrace with a private heated outdoor pool. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick Buys Manhattan Penthouse for $36 Million," 7 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 \

Kids Definition of penthouse

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

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