penthouse

[ pent-hous ]
/ ˈpɛntˌhaʊs /

noun, plural pent·hous·es [pent-hou-ziz]. /ˈpɛntˌhaʊ zɪz/.

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Origin of penthouse

First recorded in 1520–30; alteration (by folk etymology) of Middle English pentis, from Old French apentiz, equivalent to apent, past participle of apendre “to hang against” + -iz (French -is ), from unattested Vulgar Latin -ātīcium, noun use of neuter of unattested -ātīcius, equivalent to Latin -āt(us) past participle suffix + -īcius adjective suffix; see appendant, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM penthouse

penthouselike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for penthouse

penthouse
/ (ˈpɛntˌhaʊs) /

noun

a flat or maisonette built onto the top floor or roof of a block of flats
a construction on the roof of a building, esp one used to house machinery
a shed built against a building, esp one that has a sloping roof
real tennis the roofed corridor that runs along three sides of the court

Word Origin for penthouse

C14 pentis (later penthouse, by folk etymology), from Old French apentis, from Late Latin appendicium appendage, from Latin appendere to hang from; see appendix
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