- a small house, especially one connected to a large apartment building.
- an apartment, usually of two floors connected by an internal staircase; duplex apartment.
Origin of maisonette
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- self-contained living accommodation often occupying two floors of a larger house and having its own outside entrance
C19: from French, diminutive of maison house
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Word Origin and History for maisonette
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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