Pronunciation: (pent'hous"), [key]
pl. -hous•esPronunciation: (-hou"ziz). [key]

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 called pent, pen•tice Pronunciation: (pen'tis). [key]a 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 shed roof.
7. Court Tennis.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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