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maisonette

[mey-zuh-net] /ˌmeɪ zəˈnɛt/
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
1810-1820
1810-20; < French, Old French, equivalent to maison house (see mansion) + -ette -ette
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British Dictionary definitions for maisonnette

maisonette

/ˌmeɪzəˈnɛt/
noun
1.
self-contained living accommodation often occupying two floors of a larger house and having its own outside entrance
Word Origin
C19: from French, diminutive of maison house
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Word Origin and History for maisonnette

maisonette

n.

1818, "small house," from French maisonnette, diminutive of maison "house" (11c.), from Latin mansionem (see mansion). Meaning "a part of a building let separately" is from 1912.

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