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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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 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 The 19th-floor penthouse is located in the old observatory of the building at 6 N. Michigan Ave. Bob Goldsborough,, "Brandon Marshall takes loss on Loop penthouse, selling for $3.2 million," 4 June 2019 The penthouse was originally listed at $73.8 million in November 2017, according to Miller. Anna Bahney, CNN, "Jeff Bezos lands $80 million dollar 'deal' on three New York City condos," 4 June 2019 The penthouse is located in a new mixed-use development project on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Ronan Farrow Scoops Up Lower East Side Penthouse for $5.65 Million," 1 May 2019 The White House decor might be a bit subdued for him though, since the penthouse was modeled after the Palace of Versailles, with rococo decor and a profuse amount of gold. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "All of Donald Trump's Houses, in Photos," 15 Aug. 2017 This prime location, positioned near Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, Discovery Green and Phoenicia grocery store, offers 95 residences and eight penthouses ranging from 695 square feet to 2,967 square feet with a 315-square-foot terrace. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Behind the scenes with Randall Davis," 24 Aug. 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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