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mezzanine

[mez-uh-neen, mez-uh-neen] /ˈmɛz əˌnin, ˌmɛz əˈnin/
noun
1.
the lowest balcony or forward part of such a balcony in a theater.
2.
a low story between two other stories of greater height in a building, especially when the low story and the one beneath it form part of one composition; an entresol.
Origin of mezzanine
1705-1715
1705-15; < French < Italian mezzanino, equivalent to mezzan(o) middle (< Latin mediānus median) + -ino diminutive suffix
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mezzanine

/ˈmɛzəˌniːn; ˈmɛtsəˌniːn/
noun
1.
Also called mezzanine floor, entresol. an intermediate storey, esp a low one between the ground and first floor of a building
2.
(theatre, US & Canadian) the first balcony
3.
(theatre, Brit) a room or floor beneath the stage
adjective
4.
of or relating to an intermediate stage in a financial process: mezzanine funding Often shortened to mezz
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian, diminutive of mezzano middle, from Latin mediānusmedian
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Word Origin and History for mezzanine
n.

1711, "a low story between two tall ones in a building," from French mezzanine (17c.), from Italian mezzanino, from mezzano "middle," from Latin medianus "of the middle," from medius (see medial (adj.)). Sense of "lowest balcony in a theater" first recorded 1927.

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