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 And for long days at the home office, the penthouse includes a private spa with a massage room, sauna and steam room and more. Helena Madden, Robb Report, "You Can Now Buy London’s Most Expensive Penthouse With Bitcoins—or $244 Million," 19 Apr. 2021 Estate agent Marc Schneiderman, a director of Arlington Residential, believes that a penthouse unit in the neighborhood would enjoy a price premium of 15% to 20% over a lower-level unit, which Ms. Erteman’s home has become. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "If You Own a London Penthouse, It Might Not Be a Penthouse Much Longer," 14 Apr. 2021 On the top floor of the penthouse, a library has 13-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling bookcases. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Asking $50 Million, Bette Midler’s Manhattan Penthouse Finds a Buyer," 19 Apr. 2021 Besides his penthouse apartment in Manhattan, his assets included homes in the Long Island community of Montauk and in Palm Beach, Fla., yachts, and shares in private jets. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Bernard Madoff, who masterminded Ponzi scheme that cost billions, dies," 14 Apr. 2021 After several months living under house arrest at his $7 million Manhattan penthouse apartment, he was led off to jail in handcuffs to scattered applause from angry investors in the courtroom. Michael Balsamo And Tom Hays, Chron, "AP source: Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison," 14 Apr. 2021 The 96th floor penthouse at the top of the building sold in 2016 for nearly $88 million to a company representing the Saudi retail magnate Fawaz Alhokair. New York Times, "The Downside to Life in a Supertall Tower: Leaks, Creaks, Breaks," 3 Feb. 2021 It’s a full-floor, 7,780-square-foot penthouse that is one of the largest penthouses in Hillsboro Beach, according to the broker, Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Robyn A. Friedman,, "One of the largest penthouses in Hillsboro Beach listed for $3.85 million," 12 Apr. 2021 There’s a three-bedroom, 2,266-square-foot penthouse that will cost you more than $13,000 a month. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "High style high-rise opens in Dallas’ Arts District," 8 Apr. 2021

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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 2021

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“Penthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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