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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: appartement, from Italian appartamento, from appartare 'to put aside, separate'

apartment

noun
     
a‧part‧ment S2 W3 [countable]
1 especially American English a set of rooms on one floor of a large building, where someone lives [= flat British English]
She lives in a small apartment.
a holiday apartment
2 [usually plural] a room or set of rooms used by an important person such as a president:
I had never been in the prince's private apartments before.
the presidential apartments
WORD FOCUS: house WORD FOCUS: house
types of house: terraced house British English/row house American English one of several houses that are joined together
detached house
British English a house that is not joined to another house
semi-detached house
British English a house that is attached to another house on one side
cottage
a small house in the country
bungalow
British English a small house with one floor
duplex
American English a house that is divided into two separate homes
apartment
also flat British English a set of rooms where someone lives, which is part of a larger building
condominium
/condo American English an apartment in a large building, which is owned by the people who live there
studio apartment
/studio also bedsit British English an apartment with one main room and no separate bedroom

a very large house: mansion, palace, country house British English, stately home British English

someone who sells houses and land: estate agent British English, real estate agent American English, realtor American English

someone who rents a house from another person: tenant

someone who owns a house and rents it to people: landlord, landlady
house

See also
house

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