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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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mansard
  • The courthouse has a mansard roof with pointed corner towers.
  • The upper roof can utilize a steep hip, gable or mansard form.
  • Neither the arched openings in the bay nor its mansard roof with circular windows are repeated in the rest of the house.
  • Its use of brownstone at the first story level with red brick above and a mansard roof are all elements of the style.
  • The building is an attractive wood-framed, beveled-siding building with a mansard roof.
  • Six chimneys with decorative corbelled brick chimney pots rise above the mansard roof, three to the north and three to the south.
  • Features a mansard roof, and central tower flanked by projecting end towers.
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
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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.

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