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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • It was two stories high, crowned with a French mansard roof.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Sandy is evidently the result of environment—olive green, with a mansard roof and the shades pulled down.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Seven windows lighted the gray front of this house which was raised three storeys, ending in a mansard roof covered with slate.

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie Honore de Balzac
  • There were truncated towers, a mansard roof, hideous dormers, and a reckless outbreak of perfectly useless bay windows.

    An Alabaster Box Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  • Originally the Cabildo was two stories in height, with a flat roof; the mansard roof was added in 1851.

    Historic Shrines of America John T. (John Thomson) Faris
British Dictionary definitions for mansard roof


/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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mansard roof


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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