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[man-sahrd, -serd] /ˈmæn sɑrd, -sərd/
Also called mansard roof. a hip roof, each face of which has a steeper lower part and a shallower upper part.
Compare French roof.
the story under such a roof.
Origin of mansard
1725-35; < French mansarde, named after N. F. Mansart


[mahn-sar; English man-sahrt, -sert] /mɑ̃ˈsar; English ˈmæn sɑrt, -sərt/
Jules Hardouin
[zhyl ar-dwan] /ʒül arˈdwɛ̃/ (Show IPA),
(Jules Hardouin) 1646–1708, French architect: chief architectural director for Louis XIV.
his granduncle, (Nicolas) François
[nee-kaw-lah frahn-swa] /ni kɔˈlɑ frɑ̃ˈswa/ (Show IPA),
1598–1666, French architect.
Also, Mansard
[mahn-sar; English man-sahrd, ‐serd] /mɑ̃ˈsar; English ˈmæn sɑrd, ‐sərd/ (Show IPA)
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Examples from the Web for mansard
Historical Examples
  • Before he reached them he had to pass the garden which belonged to the house with the mansard roof.

    The Lamp That Went Out Augusta Groner
  • The architect was mansard, for whom the mansard roof, known in America, is named.

    A Journey Through France in War Time Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  • He may have spied upon us from the port, through the barriers, and even to our mansard.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • It was two stories high, crowned with a French mansard roof.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • From out an open Elizabethan window under a mansard roof, and overlooking a small Moorish veranda, there came a sound of woe.

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • The house was pulled down and the chteau erected, after the plans of mansard.

    Princes and Poisoners Frantz Funck-Brentano
  • The garden extended to the beginning of the park-like grounds which surrounded the old house with the mansard roof.

    The Lamp That Went Out Augusta Groner
  • Under the roof, in two mansard attics, were the nests for the servants.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • "I do not mean to build any more, mansard; I meet with too many mortifications," the king would say to his favorite architect.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  • Five years ago, lodged in an attic; live in a swell house now, with a mansard roof, and all the modern inconveniences.'

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for mansard


/ˈmænsɑːd; -səd/
Also called mansard roof. a roof having two slopes on both sides and both ends, the lower slopes being steeper than the upper Compare gambrel roof
an attic having such a roof
Word Origin
C18: from French mansarde, after François Mansart


/French mɑ̃sar/
François (frɑ̃swa). 1598–1666, French architect, who established the classical style in French architecture
his great-nephew, Jules Hardouin (ʒyl ardwɛ̃). 1646–1708, French architect and town planner, who completed the Palace of Versailles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mansard

1734, from French mansarde, short for toit à la mansarde, a corrupt spelling, named for French architect Nicholas François Mansart (1598-1666), who made use of them.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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