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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
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  • What is the use of a beautiful face, if one must be shut up in her own apartment for ever?

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • At parting, she urged Eudora to share her apartment for the night.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • As I approached her apartment, the voice of Alcibiades met my ear.

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

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • How restful this quiet and reserve after the colour and line tumult of the Higbee apartment.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
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
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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.

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