Condominium



[kon-duh-min-ee-uh m] /ˌkɒn dəˈmɪn i əm/

noun
1.
an apartment house, office building, or other multiple-unit complex, the units of which are individually owned, each owner receiving a recordable deed to the individual unit purchased, including the right to sell, mortgage, etc., that unit and sharing in joint ownership of any common grounds, passageways, etc.
2.
a unit in such a building.
3.
International Law.

4.
joint or concurrent dominion.
/ˌkɒndəˈmɪnɪəm/
noun (pl) -ums
1.
joint rule or sovereignty
2.
a country ruled by two or more foreign powers
3.
(US & Canadian)

Sometimes shortened to condo, Compare cooperative (sense 5)
noun

a condom
Examples

condominiums in his wallet
Usage Note

slang
n.

c.1714, “joint rule or sovereignty,” from Modern Latin condominium “joint sovereignty,” apparently coined in German c.1700 from Latin com- “together” (see com-) + dominum “right of ownership” (see domain). A word in politics and international law until sense of “privately owned apartment” arose in American English 1962 as a special use of the legal term.

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