maisonnette

maisonette

[mey-zuh-net]
noun
1.
a small house, especially one connected to a large apartment building.
2.
an apartment, usually of two floors connected by an internal staircase; duplex apartment.
Also, maisonnette.


Origin:
1810–20; < French, Old French, equivalent to maison house (see mansion) + -ette -ette

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maisonette or maisonnette (ˌmeɪzəˈnɛt)
 
n
self-contained living accommodation often occupying two floors of a larger house and having its own outside entrance
 
[C19: from French, diminutive of maison house]
 
maisonnette or maisonnette
 
n
 
[C19: from French, diminutive of maison house]

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maisonette
1818, "small house," from Fr. maisonnette, dim. of maison "house." Meaning "a part of a building let separately" is from 1912.
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