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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A room or suite of rooms designed as a residence and generally located in a building occupied by more than one household.
  • noun An apartment building.
  • noun A room.
  • noun Chiefly British A suite of rooms within a larger building set aside for a particular purpose or person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A room in a building; a division in a house separated from others by partitions.
  • noun plural A suite or set of rooms; specifically, a suite of rooms assigned to the use of a particular person, party, or family.
  • noun A flat (which see).
  • noun 4. A compartment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A room in a building; a division in a house, separated from others by partitions.
  • noun A set or suite of rooms.
  • noun obsolete A compartment.
  • noun A room or suite of rooms in a building comprising a dwelling unit separate from others in the building, and typically having its own separate bath, sanitary, and kitchen facilities. Such apartments are in most cases rented from the owner by those dwelling in them.
  • noun a small apartment{4}, sometimes furnished, with minimal kitchen and bath facilities. The unit may comprise a single room plus a bathroom, and the kitchen facilities are often open to the main room, or may form a small niche in a corner. There are many variations of efficiency apartment, including some in which furnishings such as a bed may be pull out from a wall recess and stored there again when not in use. Also called an efficiency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A complete domicile occupying only part of a building.
  • noun archaic A suite of rooms within a domicile, designated for a specific person or persons and including a bedroom.
  • noun obsolete A division of an enclosure that is separate from others; a compartment

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French appartement; compare with Italian appartamento, from appartare ("to separate, set apart"); all from Latin ad + pars 'part'. See apart.

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