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piano nobile

[pyah-naw naw-bee-le] /ˈpyɑ nɔ ˈnɔ bi lɛ/
noun, plural piani nobili
[pyah-nee naw-bee-lee] /ˈpyɑ ni ˈnɔ bi li/ (Show IPA).
the principal story of a large building, as of a palace or villa. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They were in a room of the Palazzo Udeschini, at Rome—a reception room, on the piano nobile.

    The Cardinal's Snuff-Box Henry Harland
  • It was the story which is called by Italians the piano nobile, or noble floor.

    The Front Yard Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Below, the piano nobile was rented by the proprietor of a great wine industry.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • The third stage is, however, the piano nobile, all the windows having deep traceried heads and large balconies.

  • The family must have occupied the piano nobile and let off the floors they did not require.

    The Venetian School of Painting Evelyn March Phillipps
  • He "marshalled us the way that we should go," by leading us down a steep flight of steps, which landed us on the piano nobile.

  • The carved string-course above and the Gothic windows of the piano nobile are also remains of the earlier building.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • Nobody who did not belong to "the society" of the town could in any way show his intruding face in the "piano nobile."

    A Siren Thomas Adolphus Trollope
  • I asked about our old apartment (piano nobile—first floor); she said it was always let—generally to foreigners.

    Italian Letters of a Diplomat's Life Mary Alsop King Waddington
  • You were crossing the garden—you were bending over the sun-dial—and I spied upon you from a window of the piano nobile.

    My Friend Prospero Henry Harland
British Dictionary definitions for piano nobile

piano nobile

/ˈpjɑːnəʊ ˈnəʊbɪlɪ/
(architect) the main floor of a large house, containing the reception rooms: usually of lofty proportions
Word Origin
Italian: great floor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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