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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A room in a building; a division in a house, separated from others by partitions.
  • n. A set or suite of rooms.
  • n. A compartment.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

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).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French appartement; compare with Italian appartamento, from appartareĀ ("to separate, set apart"); all from Latin ad + pars 'part'. See apart. (Wiktionary)

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