- 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
Related Words for apartmentflat, residence, cave, suite, accommodation, penthouse, condo, coop, cooperative, dump, pad, den, lodging, rental, walk-up, digs, cold-water
Examples from the Web for apartment
Contemporary Examples of apartment
He was born in an apartment above the grocery store owned by his immigrant parents in South Jamaica, Queens.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82
January 2, 2015
“Bodegas, private residences, apartment buildings, you name it,” the investigator says.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
At 24, I slipped on the ice outside of my Michigan apartment.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Magazines are the only thing in my apartment that qualify as clutter.
And there are a few nice things buried beneath the rubble that I could use in my apartment.
Historical Examples of apartment
What is the use of a beautiful face, if one must be shut up in her own apartment for ever?
As I approached her apartment, the voice of Alcibiades met my ear.
Philothea has glided from the apartment, as if afraid to remain in my presence.
At parting, she urged Eudora to share her apartment for the night.
How restful this quiet and reserve after the colour and line tumult of the Higbee apartment.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
- (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
- another name (esp US and Canadian) for flat 2 (def. 1)
- (as modifier)apartment building; apartment house
Word Origin 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.