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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).]
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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]
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(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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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[əˈpɑːrtmənt] n (US)appartement m, logement mapartment building apartment block, apartment house (US) nimmeuble m, maison f divisée en appartementsapartment complex ncomplexe m immobilier
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(Brit: = room) → Raum m
apartments pl (Brit: = suite of rooms) → Appartement nt
(esp US: = flat) → Wohnung f; apartment house or block or buildingWohnblock m
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[əˈpɑːtmənt] n (esp Am) (flat) → appartamento (Brit) (room in palace) → sala
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(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.
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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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It was in this apartment, also, that there stood against the western wall, a gigantic clock of ebony.
He had taken, without hesitation, without reflection even, the principal apartment which the hotelier had pointed out to him with a rapacious aim, very praiseworthy, some will say, very reprehensible will say others, if they admit that Cropole was a physiognomist and judged people at first sight.
The passageway had risen rapidly since leaving the apartment of the switch, and now ran level and well lighted straight into the distance as far as I could see.
I turned the knob and pushed the door inward just in time to see Menelek seize the girl and drag her toward the far end of the apartment. At the same instant there was a deafening roar just outside the palace--a shell had struck much nearer than any of its predecessors.
There could be nothing more directly offensive to the eye of an artist than the interior of what is termed in the United States - that is to say, in Appallachia - a well-furnished apartment. Its most usual defect is a want of keeping.
When the general had satisfied his own curiosity, in a close examination of every well-known ornament, they proceeded into the library, an apartment, in its way, of equal magnificence, exhibiting a collection of books, on which an humble man might have looked with pride.
Involuntarily the girl shrank back, extending her open palms toward the frightful creature as though to hold him aloof but a man upon either side of her, the two who had conducted her into the apartment, seized and held her.
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.
As to D'Artagnan, he did not budge from his apartment. He converted his chamber into an observatory.
WHEN the little, grim, gray man had set the object covered with a cloth upon the table in the center of the room and left the apartment, he did not return to camp as Norman of Torn had ordered.
One man-servant was busy preparing his bath in a room leading out of his sleeping apartment, while another brought him a choice of evening clothes and superintended his disrobing.
"'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.

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