mezzanine

[mez-uh-neen, mez-uh-neen]
noun
1.
the lowest balcony or forward part of such a balcony in a theater.
2.
a low story between two other stories of greater height in a building, especially when the low story and the one beneath it form part of one composition; an entresol.

Origin:
1705–15; < French < Italian mezzanino, equivalent to mezzan(o) middle (< Latin mediānus median) + -ino diminutive suffix

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mezzanine (ˈmɛzəˌniːn, ˈmɛtsəˌniːn)
 
n
1.  mezzanine floor, Also called: entresol an intermediate storey, esp a low one between the ground and first floor of a building
2.  (US), (Canadian) theatre the first balcony
3.  (Brit) theatre a room or floor beneath the stage
 
adj
4.  Often shortened to: mezz of or relating to an intermediate stage in a financial process: mezzanine funding
 
[C18: from French, from Italian, diminutive of mezzano middle, from Latin mediānusmedian]

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mezzanine
1711, "a low story between two tall ones in a building," from Fr., from It. mezzanino, from mezzano "middle," from L. medianus "of the middle," from medius (see medial). Sense of "lowest balcony in a theater" first recorded 1927.
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Example sentences
The line to get in the door made a complete loop around the mezzanine balcony,
  and then wrapped in on itself.
The show will be set up on the mezzanine, accessible from the lobby without
  need of elevators.
Fans can choose from seats in the mezzanine or upper box, and lower box on
  select dates.
Installed in the mezzanine and platform levels, these luminous works provide a
  visual respite for people waiting in the stations.
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