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1. A room or suite of rooms designed as a residence and generally located in a building occupied by more than one household.
2. An apartment building: a row of high-rise apartments.
3. A room.
4. apartments Chiefly British A suite of rooms within a larger building set aside for a particular purpose or person.

[French appartement, from Italian appartamento, from appartare, to separate, from a parte, apart : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + parte, side (from Latin pars, part-; see part).]


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
a. another name (esp US and Canadian) for flat21
b. (as modifier): apartment building; apartment house.
[C17: from French appartement, from Italian appartamento, from appartare to set on one side, separate]


(əˈpɑrt mənt)

1. a room or a group of related rooms, usu. among similar sets in one building, having housekeeping facilities and used as a dwelling.
2. a building made up of such rooms; apartment house.
[1635–45; < French appartement < Italian appartamento]
a•part•men′tal (-ˈmɛn tl) adj.


1. 'flat'

In British English, a flat is a set of rooms for living in, usually on one floor of a large building.

She lived in a tiny furnished flat near Sloane Square.
2. 'apartment'

In American English, a set of rooms like this is usually called an apartment.

It is a six-story building with 20 luxury two- and three-bedroom apartments.
3. 'block of flats'

In British English, a large building containing flats is usually called a block of flats.

The building was pulled down to make way for a block of flats.
4. 'apartment block' and 'apartment building'

In American English, and sometimes in British English, it is called an apartment building or an apartment block.

He lives on the ninth story of an apartment block on Charlesgate East.
Several apartment buildings were destroyed in the fire.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apartment - a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment houseapartment - a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
apartment building, apartment house - a building that is divided into apartments
bedsit, bedsitter, bedsitting room - a furnished sitting room with sleeping accommodations (and some plumbing)
cold-water flat - an apartment without modern conveniences
duplex apartment, duplex - an apartment having rooms on two floors that are connected by a staircase
efficiency apartment - a furnished apartment with a kitchenette and bathroom
flatlet - a tiny flat
housing, living accommodations, lodging - structures collectively in which people are housed
kitchenette - small kitchen
maisonette, maisonnette - a self-contained apartment (usually on two floors) in a larger house and with its own entrance from the outside
penthouse - an apartment located on the top floors of a building
railroad flat - an apartment whose rooms are all in a line with doors between them
studio apartment, studio - an apartment with a living space and a bathroom and a small kitchen
rooms, suite - apartment consisting of a series of connected rooms used as a living unit (as in a hotel)
walk-up, walk-up apartment - an apartment in a building without an elevator


1. (U.S.) flat, room, suite, compartment, penthouse, crib She has her own apartment and her own car.
2. rooms, quarters, chambers, accommodation, living quarters the private apartments of the Prince of Wales at St James's Palace
شقةشَقَّةشَقَّة سَكَنِيَّهغُرْفَة في شَقَّة سَكَنِيَّهغُرْفَة مُسْتَأجَرَه
아파트아파트식 주거지
căn hộ


A. N
1. (US) (= flat) → piso m, departamento m (LAm)
2. (Brit) (= room) → cuarto m, aposento m (liter)
see also state
B. CPD apartment hotel N (US) → aparthotel m
apartment house N (US) → casa f de apartamentos


[əˈpɑːrtmənt] n (US)appartement m, logement mapartment building apartment block, apartment house (US) nimmeuble m, maison f divisée en appartementsapartment complex ncomplexe m immobilier


(Brit: = room) → Raum m
apartments pl (Brit: = suite of rooms) → Appartement nt
(esp US: = flat) → Wohnung f; apartment house or block or buildingWohnblock m


[əˈpɑːtmənt] n (esp Am) (flat) → appartamento (Brit) (room in palace) → sala


(əˈpaːtmənt) noun
1. a room, usually rented, in a private house.
2. a flat.
3. a single room in a house. a five-apartment house.


شَقَّة byt lejlighed Wohnung διαμέρισμα apartamento, departamento, piso asunto appartement stan appartamento アパート, フラット 아파트, 아파트식 주거지 appartement, flat leilighet mieszkanie apartamento квартира lägenhet แฟลต, อพาร์ตเมนต์ apartman dairesi, daire căn hộ 公寓, 公寓住宅
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Into the apartment came bursting the excited individual himself.
Months afterward Jim Burden arrived at my apartment one stormy winter afternoon, with a bulging legal portfolio sheltered under his fur overcoat.
Heyward took with him a blazing knot, which threw a dim light through the narrow vista of their new apartment.
Yes--er--in course--in course--" continued Dick, nervously glancing round the apartment as if endeavoring to find an opening to some less abrupt statement of the fact.
To be sure they all sleep together in one apartment, but you have your own hammock, and cover yourself with your own blanket, and sleep in your own skin.
When the proper time arrives for cutting up its contents, this apartment is a scene of terror to all tyros, especially by night.
He stared; and little by little he made out the great apartment, with a domed ceiling from which the light poured, and walls that were one enormous painting--nymphs and dryads dancing in a flower-strewn glade--Diana with her hounds and horses, dashing headlong through a mountain streamlet--a group of maidens bathing in a forest pool--all life-size, and so real that Jurgis thought that it was some work of enchantment, that he was in a dream palace.
His black hair, fine as floss silk, hung in glossy curls about his round, dimpled face, while a pair of large dark eyes, full of fire and softness, looked out from beneath the rich, long lashes, as he peered curiously into the apartment.
The rooms were whitewashed once a month; and this one, at least, was the whitest, most simply furnished, and probably neatest apartment in town.
I tried to imagine what would happen when the master should discover that it was I who had been fighting him; and what would happen if they jailed us together in the general apartment for brawlers and petty law-breakers, as was the custom; and what might --
The roof, composed of beams and rafters, had nothing to divide the apartment from the sky excepting the planking and thatch; there was a huge fireplace at either end of the hall, but as the chimneys were constructed in a very clumsy manner, at least as much of the smoke found its way into the apartment as escaped by the proper vent.
Whereas, by a statute made in the reign of his imperial majesty Calin Deffar Plune, it is enacted, that, whoever shall make water within the precincts of the royal palace, shall be liable to the pains and penalties of high-treason; notwithstanding, the said Quinbus Flestrin, in open breach of the said law, under colour of extinguishing the fire kindled in the apartment of his majesty's most dear imperial consort, did maliciously, traitorously, and devilishly, by discharge of his urine, put out the said fire kindled in the said apartment, lying and being within the precincts of the said royal palace, against the statute in that case provided, etc.