What is a duplex?

There are several different definitions
A duplex apartment is one which has rooms on two floors that are connected by a staircase.
A maisonette could be considered a duplex.
A duplex house can be a house that has separate entrances to two different apartments. Whether they are spread over two floors or have a floor each.
A duplex can also be side-by-side apartments on a single lot that share a common wall. Technically a semi-detached could be called a duplex.
If something is described as a duplex then ask the estate agent who's written the listing what they mean by that.

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