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Meaning of penthouse

pent•house

Pronunciation: (pent'hous"), [key]
— pl. -hous•es
  1. an apartment or dwelling on the roof of a building, usually set back from the outer walls.
  2. any specially designed apartment on an upper floor, esp. the top floor, of a building.
  3. a structure on a roof for housing elevator machinery, a water tank, etc.
  4. Also calleda shed with a sloping roof, or a sloping roof, projecting from a wall or the side of a building, as to shelter a door.
  5. any rooflike shelter or overhanging part.
  6. See
  7. a corridor having a slanted roof and projecting from three walls of the court.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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