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[pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey-] /piˌeɪ dəˈtɛər, -dɑ-, ˌpyeɪ-/
noun, plural pieds-à-terre
[pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey-] /piˌeɪ dəˈtɛər, -dɑ-, ˌpyeɪ-/ (Show IPA)
a residence, as an apartment, for part-time or temporary use.
Origin of pied-à-terre
1820-30; < French: literally, foot on ground Unabridged
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  • Indeed, Dr. Lyschinski's was hardly more than a pied-a-terre for him: he never stayed long, and generally came unexpectedly.

  • Blakeney had more than one pied-a-terre in Paris, and never stayed longer than two or three days in any of these.

    El Dorado Baroness Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for pied-a-terre


noun (pl) pieds-à-terre (ˌpjeɪtɑːˈtɛə)
a flat, house, or other lodging for secondary or occasional use
Word Origin
French, literally: foot on (the) ground
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