[ kon-duh-min-ee-uh m ]
/ ˌkɒn dəˈmɪn i əm /


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.
a unit in such a building.
International Law.
  1. joint sovereignty over a territory by several states.
  2. the territory itself.
joint or concurrent dominion.


Origin of condominium

1705–15; < New Latin. See con-, dominium
Related formsmin·i-con·do·min·i·um, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for condominium


/ (ˌkɒndəˈmɪnɪəm) /

noun plural -ums

joint rule or sovereignty
a country ruled by two or more foreign powers
US and 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 (def. 5)

Word Origin for condominium

C18: from New Latin, from Latin com- together + dominium ownership; see dominion
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Word Origin and History for condominium



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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