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[uh-pahrt-muh nt] /əˈpɑrt mənt/
a room or a group of related rooms, among similar sets in one building, designed for use as a dwelling.
a building containing or made up of such rooms.
any separated room or group of rooms in a house or other dwelling:
We heard cries from an apartment at the back of the house.
apartments, British. a set of rooms used as a dwelling by one person or one family.
Origin of apartment
1635-45; < French appartement < Italian appartamento, equivalent to apparta(re) to separate, divide (verbal derivative of a parte apart, to one side) + -mento -ment
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[uh-pahrt-men-tl] /ə pɑrtˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
1. Apartment, compartment agree in denoting a space enclosed by partitions or walls. Apartment, however, emphasizes the idea of separateness or privacy: one's own apartment. Compartment suggests a section of a larger space: compartments in a ship's hold, in an orange crate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for apartment
  • Or the cake could be an apartment that has small rooms with views and large windowless rooms.
  • As more would-be homeowners look to rent, apartment prices are feeding inflation while home prices continue to fall.
  • Our old apartment is sitting empty, and not selling.
  • Somewhere in an outlying district of this post-Soviet capital, four graduate students gather in a two-room apartment.
  • Armed police in flak vests surged into her apartment.
  • Improving energy efficiency in a rental apartment requires attention to the same details as in a house or condominium.
  • In a large apartment building, it's impossible to avoid the neighbors.
  • Still, many brokers and developers take heart from the fact that apartment buyers are back in the market.
  • They are back at school with their friends and living with me in an apartment complex with a swimming pool and a movie theater.
  • Explore the roof, with its whimsical chimney towers, and the apartment restored in the style of the period.
British Dictionary definitions for apartment


(often pl) any room in a building, usually one of several forming a suite, esp one that is spacious and well furnished and used as living accommodation, offices, etc
  1. another name (esp US and Canadian) for flat2 (sense 1)
  2. (as modifier): apartment building, apartment house
Word Origin
C17: from French appartement, from Italian appartamento, from appartare to set on one side, separate
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Word Origin and History for apartment

1640s, "private rooms for the use of one person within a house," from French appartement (16c.), from Italian appartimento, literally "a separated place," from appartere "to separate," from a "to" (see ad-) + parte "side, place," from Latin partem (see part (n.)). Sense of "set of private rooms in a building entirely of these" (the U.S. equivalent of British flat) is first attested 1874.

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