WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•part•ment /əˈpɑrtmənt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a room or a group of rooms used as a residence.
  2. an apartment house.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•part•ment  (ə pärtmənt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a room or a group of related rooms, among similar sets in one building, designed for use as a dwelling.
  2. a building containing or made up of such rooms.
  3. 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.
  4. British Termsapartments, a set of rooms used as a dwelling by one person or one family.
a•part•men•tal  (ə pärt mentl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Italian appartamento, equivalent. to apparta(re) to separate, divide (verb, verbal derivative of a parte apart, to one side) + -mento -ment
  • French appartement
  • 1635–45;
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Apartment, compartment agree in denoting a space enclosed by partitions or walls.
      Apartment, however, emphasizes the idea of separateness or privacy:one's own apartment.Compartment suggests a section of a larger space:compartments in a ship's hold, in an orange crate.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

apartment /əˈpɑːtmənt/ n
  1. (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
  2. another name (esp US and Canadian) for flat2
  3. (as modifier): apartment building, apartment house
Etymology: 17th Century: from French appartement, from Italian appartamento, from appartare to set on one side, separate



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