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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Your downtown New York penthouse seems to have the same aesthetic. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Fashion Designer Jeffrey Dodd's Downtown Manhattan Penthouse is a Study in White," 6 Sep. 2019 Swift lived in the apartment a few years back for an estimated $39,500 a month while her Tribeca penthouse was undergoing renovations. Alexis Reliford,, "Taylor Swift's "Cornelia Street" Apartment Is Loaded With The Most Lux Features," 24 Aug. 2019 In the first scene of the series, the patriarch stumbles into the hallway of his new penthouse and pees on the floor. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Succession Season 1: What You Need to Remember Before the New Season," 11 Aug. 2019 The Peabody ducks perform a march along a red carpet from the Peabody Hotel lobby to their rooftop penthouse each day in a tradition that began in the 1930s. USA TODAY, "Big butter sculpture, sweet guitar, owl released: News from around our 50 states," 24 July 2019 South Beach Continuum: New York developer Ian Bruce Eichner listed his penthouse here for $50 million in 2015. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "In Miami, There Are Too Many Condos and Not Enough Foreign Buyers," 27 June 2019 The penthouse will be delivered in July as an empty shell. Kathleen Pender,, "Race to the top: Developers push a panoply of penthouses in San Francisco," 30 Aug. 2019 The development plan calls for 228-key hotel with a penthouse level ballroom. Laura Kinsler,, "Downtown Orlando’s Church Street project to get 2nd tower, hotel," 28 Aug. 2019 The triplex penthouse at the top is listed at $50 million. David Lyons,, "Aston Martin’s high rise in Miami will be the tallest residential building south of New York," 28 June 2019

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

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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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