apart·​ment | \ ə-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce apartment (audio) \
plural apartments

Definition of apartment

1 : a room or set of rooms fitted especially with housekeeping facilities and usually leased as a dwelling
2 : a building containing several individual apartments
3 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

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apartmental \ ə-​ˌpärt-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce apartment (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of apartment in a Sentence

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 In another instance, Riley allegedly asked Farrelly and Shim to come to his apartment to use a restroom following a night at a bar. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Mana Shim alleges Riley once took herself and Farrelly to his apartment after drinking together and told them to kiss to keep the team from having to run a conditioning drill at training. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 30 Sep. 2021 DeVaun typically has a caregiving aid come to their apartment each day, but Tyree said the care became unreliable during the pandemic. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 Qualley sent her mug off to the kiln and prepared for the bike ride back to her apartment, in the East Village. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 The girl, Nevaeh Allen, was reported missing Friday after her older siblings arrived home after school and noticed that the door to their apartment was open and that the toddler was gone, Louisiana State Police said at the time. Doha Madani, NBC News, 26 Sep. 2021 According to interviews those Shively officers gave to investigators, the postal inspector said there were no packages to Taylor's apartment. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, 20 Sep. 2021 Homicide investigators with the Sheriff’s Department later went to their apartment, in the 3000 block of El Segundo Boulevard. Melissa Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Monaco called and texted Mercier several times, telling her to come back to her apartment. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of apartment

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apartment

French appartement, from Italian appartamento

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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 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of apartment

: a usually rented room or set of rooms that is part of a building and is used as a place to live
: a large and impressive room or set of rooms


apart·​ment | \ ə-ˈpärt-mənt How to pronounce apartment (audio) \

Kids Definition of apartment

: a room or set of rooms rented as a home

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