pied à terre


[pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey-]
noun, plural pieds-à-terre [pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey-] .
a residence, as an apartment, for part-time or temporary use.

1820–30; < French: literally, foot on ground

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pied-à-terre (ˌpjeɪtɑːˈtɛə)
n , pl pieds-à-terre
a flat, house, or other lodging for secondary or occasional use
[French, literally: foot on (the) ground]

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pied à terre
"small town house or rooms used for short residences," 1829, from Fr., lit. "foot on the ground."
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