pent·​house ˈpent-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce penthouse (audio)
: a shed or roof attached to and sloping from a wall or building
: a smaller structure joined to a building : annex
: a structure or dwelling on the roof or top floor of a building

Examples of penthouse in a Sentence

had a small penthouse built to serve as a toolshed
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of penthouse was in the 14th century

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“Penthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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pent·​house ˈpent-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce penthouse (audio)
: a sloping roof or a shed attached to a wall or building
: a structure (as an apartment) built on the roof of a building

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