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Friday, August 24, 2001

pied-a-terre

\pee-ay-duh-TAIR; pyay-dah-TAIR\ , noun;
1.
A temporary or second place of lodging.
Quotes:
And with Frank on the move so much of the time, shuttling between . . . offices and factories in Europe and Asia and South America, it made sense for her to establish some kind of pied-a-terre in New York.
-- Amanda Vaill, Everybody Was So Young
. . .gentlemen with estates in the country who wished to have a pied-a-terre in town.
-- Michael Ignatieff, Isaiah Berlin: A Life
Origin:
Pied-a-terre is from French, literally "foot to the ground."
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