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[mez-uh-neen, mez-uh-neen] /ˈmɛz əˌnin, ˌmɛz əˈnin/
the lowest balcony or forward part of such a balcony in a theater.
a low story between two other stories of greater height in a building, especially when the low story and the one beneath it form part of one composition; an entresol.
Origin of mezzanine
1705-15; < French < Italian mezzanino, equivalent to mezzan(o) middle (< Latin mediānus median) + -ino diminutive suffix Unabridged
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  • I listened attentively and it seemed to me they were sitting in the mezzanine.

  • He mounted to the mezzanine floor, tried the door, and found it locked.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson
  • There, on a sort of mezzanine, he had a gorgeous little suite.

    The Deluge David Graham Phillips
  • He found it on the mezzanine, suitably lavish, clean and well-furnished.

    Forsyte's Retreat Winston Marks
  • By and by, when she's foot-loose, she wants to see you in the mezzanine.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • That she accompanied her down in the elevator, and saw her step off at the mezzanine.

    Initials Only Anna Katharine Green
  • No weapon protruded from the wound, nor was any found on or near her in the mezzanine.

    Initials Only Anna Katharine Green
  • The mezzanine and upper storey were not completed till the beginning of the 17th century.

British Dictionary definitions for mezzanine


/ˈmɛzəˌniːn; ˈmɛtsəˌniːn/
Also called mezzanine floor, entresol. an intermediate storey, esp a low one between the ground and first floor of a building
(theatre, US & Canadian) the first balcony
(theatre, Brit) a room or floor beneath the stage
of or relating to an intermediate stage in a financial process: mezzanine funding Often shortened to mezz
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian, diminutive of mezzano middle, from Latin mediānusmedian
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Word Origin and History for mezzanine

1711, "a low story between two tall ones in a building," from French mezzanine (17c.), from Italian mezzanino, from mezzano "middle," from Latin medianus "of the middle," from medius (see medial (adj.)). Sense of "lowest balcony in a theater" first recorded 1927.

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