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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.
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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  • Women were forbidden to appear on the balconies of their apartments or houses.
  • People are frozen in different apartments, on the stairs, and in the cellars.
  • It contained a chapel, gallery, royal apartments, and a great hall.
  • He insisted on separate apartments and ignored her in public.
British Dictionary definitions for apartments


(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 apartments



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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