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maisonette

or mai·son·nette

[mey-zuh-net]
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noun
  1. a small house, especially one connected to a large apartment building.
  2. an apartment, usually of two floors connected by an internal staircase; duplex apartment.
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Origin of maisonette

1810–20; < French, Old French, equivalent to maison house (see mansion) + -ette -ette
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British Dictionary definitions for maisonette

maisonette

maisonnette

noun
  1. self-contained living accommodation often occupying two floors of a larger house and having its own outside entrance
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Word Origin

C19: from French, diminutive of maison house
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Word Origin and History for maisonette

n.

1818, "small house," from French maisonnette, diminutive of maison "house" (11c.), from Latin mansionem (see mansion). Meaning "a part of a building let separately" is from 1912.

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