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half story

noun Architecture.
  1. a usable living space within a sloping roof, usually having dormer windows for lighting.
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Origin of half story

First recorded in 1610–20
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of half story

  • This half-story was reached by means of a ladder, as shown in the drawing.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • Lena climbed to her room in the third half-story of the Quarrymen's Hotel.

  • A wonderful thing about it was that it was half-game and half-story.

    Maida's Little Shop

    Inez Haynes Irwin

  • Stone stairways lead from each end of the vestibule to the mezzanine, or half-story, and the second-story landings.

  • After breakfast we were conducted to the second half-story, which was one unfinished room.