apart·​ment ə-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce apartment (audio)
plural apartments
: a room or set of rooms fitted especially with housekeeping facilities and usually leased as a dwelling
: a building containing several individual apartments
British : a large and impressive room or set of rooms
usually plural
Assured that the Queen and Prince Philip had retired to bed, Mr Hillyard tried to pass through the Royal apartments as the train left Aberdeen on its journey to London. Jonathan Petre
apartmental adjective

Example Sentences

We lived in an apartment for several years before buying a house. a spacious six-room apartment that occupies the entire upper floor of a two-family house
Recent Examples on the Web The Warnock campaign pointed out that the Columbia Tower rate of filing eviction notices is not an outlier for apartment complexes. Marc Caputo, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2022 The blaze destroyed the top-floor apartment in the building, home to the Abu Raya family. Fatima Shbair, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2022 Goodlett in August pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge for her role in falsifying information used to obtain the search warrant on Taylor's apartment. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, 17 Nov. 2022 The pledge could strengthen efforts across the Southwest to remove grass along roadsides and medians, and at homeowners associations, apartment complexes, businesses and other properties. Ian Jamesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 However, smaller tree stands can typically accommodate trees between 5 and 8 feet—think about smaller bedroom trees or apartment decorations. Casey Clark, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Nov. 2022 The two were spotted together this Wednesday night—first outside the model's West Village apartment, and later at a residential building in Brooklyn. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Nov. 2022 Weisselberg told jurors that Trump signed off on his apartment lease and, until becoming president in 2017, personally paid private school tuition for his two grandchildren. Michael R. Sisak, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Nov. 2022 If a home or apartment is all electric, his company handles the visit. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


French appartement, from Italian appartamento

First Known Use

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of apartment was circa 1645

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“Apartment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apartment. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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apart·​ment ə-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce apartment (audio)
: a room or set of rooms used as a dwelling

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