follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

apartment

[uh-pahrt-muh nt] /əˈpɑrt mənt/
noun
1.
a room or a group of related rooms, among similar sets in one building, designed for use as a dwelling.
2.
a building containing or made up of such rooms.
3.
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.
4.
apartments, British. a set of rooms used as a dwelling by one person or one family.
Origin of apartment
1635-1645
1635-45; < French appartement < Italian appartamento, equivalent to apparta(re) to separate, divide (verbal derivative of a parte apart, to one side) + -mento -ment
Related forms
apartmental
[uh-pahrt-men-tl] /ə pɑrtˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for apartment
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • They were shown at once into the apartment in which Henry Dunbar sat waiting for them.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • What is the use of a beautiful face, if one must be shut up in her own apartment for ever?

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The lady-helps have their own apartment; but I decline to justify myself.

  • Philothea has glided from the apartment, as if afraid to remain in my presence.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Julia averted her eyes, and blushed scarlet, but placed her hand in that of the count just as her mother entered the apartment.

British Dictionary definitions for apartment

apartment

/əˈpɑːtmənt/
noun
1.
(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
2.
  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for apartment
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for apartment

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for apartment

0
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for apartment