Definition of apartment in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpɑːtm(ə)nt/


1British A flat, typically one that is well appointed or used for holidays: self-catering holiday apartments
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  • There would be 50 flats, including penthouse apartments, over seven or eight floors.
  • Offers have streamed in for flats and apartments in the heart of the city in buildings which have been transformed to meet the demand.
  • Residents said the building housed a bank on one floor and residential apartments on the other floors.
Australian  home unit
North American informal crib
suite (of rooms), set of rooms, rooms, chambers;
living quarters, accommodation
1.1North American Any flat: the family lived in a rented apartment
1.2North American A block of apartments: a district of six-storey apartments arranged along narrow streets
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  • The project, in the Canal Street area, is due for completion in 2006 and will include cafes, bars and apartments.
  • It isn't only new blocks of multi-storey apartments that give rise to legal issues.
  • I meet Chezelle outside the breeze block apartments in which Henry used to live.
1.3 (apartments) A set of private rooms in a very large house: the Imperial apartments
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  • She tore up to the private apartments and threw herself into the living room without knocking.
  • Service rooms and a kitchen lay at one end of the hall, and at the other the lord's private apartments.
  • Climb upstairs to MacLeod's private apartments, however, and a more spartan world, emerges.


Mid 17th century (denoting a private suite of rooms): from French appartement, from Italian appartamento, from appartare 'to separate', from a parte 'apart'.

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