apartment

[ uh-pahrt-muh nt ]
/ əˈpɑrt mənt /

noun

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

Related forms

a·part·men·tal [uh-pahrt-men-tl] /ə pɑrtˈmɛn tl/, adjective
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apartment

/ (əˈpɑːtmənt) /

noun

(often plural) 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 flat 2 (def. 1)
  2. (as modifier)apartment building; apartment house

Word Origin for apartment

C17: from French appartement, from Italian appartamento, from appartare to set on one side, separate
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