[man-sahrd, -serd]
Also called mansard roof. a hip roof, each face of which has a steeper lower part and a shallower upper part. See illus. under roof, Compare French roof.
the story under such a roof.

1725–35; < French mansarde, named after N. F. Mansart Unabridged
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mansard (ˈmænsɑːd, -səd)
1.  Compare gambrel roof Also called: mansard roof a roof having two slopes on both sides and both ends, the lower slopes being steeper than the upper
2.  an attic having such a roof
[C18: from French mansarde, after François Mansart]

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Word Origin & History

1734, from Fr. mansarde, short for toit à la mansarde, named for Fr. architect Nicholas François Mansart (1598-1666).
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Example sentences
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.
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