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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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  • Sometimes I speculate as to whether it can be due to the mansard-roof of their house.

    The Whole Family William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton
  • Those bedrooms under the mansard-roof are miracles not only of ugliness, but discomfort, and there is no attic.

    The Whole Family William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton
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
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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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