[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. aparri,
  2. apart,
  3. apart from,
  4. apartheid,
  5. aparthotel,
  6. apartment building,
  7. apartment hotel,
  8. apartment house,
  9. apartmental,
  10. apartmentize

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

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British Dictionary definitions for apartment


/ (əˈpɑːtmənt) /


(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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Word Origin and History for apartment



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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