Idioms for flat

Origin of flat

1275–1325; Middle English < Old Norse flatr, akin to Old English flet (see flat2), Greek platýs (see platy-, plate1


1 plane. See level.
4 low, prone.
11 outright, peremptory, categorical.
14 boring, spiritless, prosaic.
17 vapid, unsavory.


flat·ly, adverbflat·ness, nounun·flat·ted, adjective

Definition for flat (2 of 2)

[ flat ]
/ flæt /


Chiefly British. an apartment or suite of rooms on one floor forming a residence.

Origin of flat

1795–1805; variant of obsolete flet, Old English: floor, house, hall; akin to flat1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for flat (1 of 2)

See also flats

Derived forms of flat

flatly, adverbflatness, noun

Word Origin for flat

C14: from Old Norse flatr; related to Old High German flaz flat, Greek platus flat, broad

British Dictionary definitions for flat (2 of 2)

/ (flæt) /


a set of rooms comprising a residence entirely on one floor of a buildingUsual US and Canadian name: apartment
British and NZ a portion of a house used as separate living quarters
NZ a house shared with people who are not members of one's own family

verb flats, flatting or flatted (intr)

Australian and NZ to live in a flat (with someone)

Word Origin for flat

Old English flett floor, hall, house; related to flat 1
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