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condominium

[kon-duh-min-ee-uh m] /ˌkɒn dəˈmɪn i əm/
noun
1.
an apartment house, office building, or other multiple-unit complex, the units of which are individually owned, each owner receiving a recordable deed to the individual unit purchased, including the right to sell, mortgage, etc., that unit and sharing in joint ownership of any common grounds, passageways, etc.
2.
a unit in such a building.
3.
International Law.
  1. joint sovereignty over a territory by several states.
  2. the territory itself.
4.
joint or concurrent dominion.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < New Latin. See con-, dominium
Related forms
mini-condominium, noun
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Examples from the web for condominium
  • Improving energy efficiency in a rental apartment requires attention to the same details as in a house or condominium.
  • Perhaps you're ready to move into a smaller house, a condominium or a retirement home.
  • Single-family lots become smaller, and condominium and apartment buildings go up.
  • And the cost of closing on a loan for a condominium is normally higher than for a co-op.
  • My rental building has been sold and, according to the newspapers, will become a condominium.
  • The plan, he'd heard, was to demolish the whole block and replace it with a high-rise condominium and office complex.
  • It offers a variety of options for your stay, including condominium rentals, townhomes and lodges for every budget.
  • Others haven't saved enough yet for the down payment on a condominium.
British Dictionary definitions for condominium

condominium

/ˌkɒndəˈmɪnɪəm/
noun (pl) -ums
1.
joint rule or sovereignty
2.
a country ruled by two or more foreign powers
3.
(US & Canadian)
  1. an apartment building in which each apartment is individually wholly owned and the common areas are jointly owned
  2. the title under which an apartment in such a building is owned
Sometimes shortened to condo, Compare cooperative (sense 5)
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Latin com- together + dominium ownership; see dominion
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noun

a condom

Examples

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Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for condominium
n.

c.1714, "joint rule or sovereignty," from Modern Latin condominium "joint sovereignty," apparently coined in German c.1700 from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + dominum "right of ownership" (see domain). A word in politics and international law until sense of "privately owned apartment" arose in American English 1962 as a special use of the legal term.

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