[pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey-]
- a residence, as an apartment, for part-time or temporary use.
Origin of pied-à-terre
1820–30; < French: literally, foot on ground
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- a flat, house, or other lodging for secondary or occasional use
French, literally: foot on (the) ground
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Word Origin and History for pied a terre
"small town house or rooms used for short residences," 1829, French, pied à terre, literally "foot on the ground."
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