- The definition of a penthouse is an apartment, house or other accommodation that is located on the roof of a building.
An example of a penthouse is the expensive, exclusive, luxurious apartment on the 25th floor of a 25-story building that provides its occupant with an expansive view of the city.
penthouse definition by Webster's New World
- a small structure, esp. one with a sloping roof, attached to a larger building
- a sloping roof, or, sometimes, an awning, etc. extending out from a wall or building
- an apartment or other houselike structure built on the roof of a building
- a luxury apartment on an upper floor, esp. the top floor of a building
Origin: altered (infl. by house) ; from pentice ; from Middle English pentis, penthouse ; from Middle French apentis ; from Midieval Latin appenticium ; from Late Latin appendicium, literally , an appendage ; from Classical Latin appendere: see append
penthouse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An apartment or dwelling situated on the roof of a building.b. A residence, often with a terrace, on the top floor or floors of a building.c. A structure housing machinery on the roof of a building.
- A shed or sloping roof attached to the side of a building or wall.
- Sports The sloping roof that rises from the inner wall to the outer wall surrounding three sides of the court in court tennis, off which the ball is served.
Origin: Alteration of Middle English pentis, pentace, a shed attached to a wall of a building, from Anglo-Norman pentiz, penthouses, from Old French apentiz, penthouse, from apent, past participle of apendre, to belong, depend, from Medieval Latin appendere, from Latin, to hang, suspend; see append.Word History: The word penthouse goes back to Latin appendere, “to cause to be suspended.” In Medieval Latin appendere developed the sense “to belong, depend,” a sense that passed into apendre, the Old French development of appendere. From apent, the past participle of apendre, came the derivative apentiz, “low building behind or beside a house,” and the Anglo-Norman plural form pentiz. The form without the a- was then borrowed into Middle English, giving us pentis (first recorded about 1300), which was applied to sheds or lean-tos added on to buildings. Because these structures often had sloping roofs, the word was connected with the French word pente, “slope,” and the second part of the word changed by folk-etymology to house, which could mean simply “a building for human use.” The use of the term with reference to fancy apartments developed from its application to a structure built on a roof to cover such things as a stairway or an elevator shaft. Penthouse then came to mean an apartment built on a rooftop and finally the top floor of an apartment building.