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pied-à-terre

[pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey-] /piˌeɪ dəˈtɛər, -dɑ-, ˌpyeɪ-/
noun, plural pieds-à-terre
[pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey-] /piˌeɪ dəˈtɛər, -dɑ-, ˌpyeɪ-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a residence, as an apartment, for part-time or temporary use.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French: literally, foot on ground
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pied-à-terre

/ˌpjeɪtɑːˈtɛə/
noun (pl) pieds-à-terre (ˌpjeɪtɑːˈtɛə)
1.
a flat, house, or other lodging for secondary or occasional use
Word Origin
French, literally: foot on (the) ground
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