Also called mansard roof. a hip roof, each face of which has a steeper lower part and a shallower upper part.Compare French roof.
the story under such a roof.
Origin of mansard
< French mansarde,
named after N. F. Mansart
[mahn-sar; English man-sahrt, -sert]
Jules Har·douin [zhyl ar-dwan] /ʒül arˈdwɛ̃/, Jules Hardouin, 1646–1708, French architect: chief architectural director for Louis XIV. his granduncle(Ni·co·las) Fran·çois [nee-kaw-lah frahn-swa] /ni kɔˈlɑ frɑ̃ˈswa/, 1598–1666, French architect.
Also Man·sard [mahn-sar; English man-sahrd, ‐serd] /mɑ̃ˈsar; English ˈmæn sɑrd, ‐sərd/
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Examples from the Web for mansard
Historical Examples of mansard
The architect was Mansard, for whom the Mansard roof, known in America, is named.
It was two stories high, crowned with a French mansard roof.
The house was pulled down and the chteau erected, after the plans of Mansard.
Under the roof, in two mansard attics, were the nests for the servants.
He may have spied upon us from the port, through the barriers, and even to our mansard.
British Dictionary definitions for mansard
Also called: mansard roof a roof having two slopes on both sides and both ends, the lower slopes being steeper than the upperCompare gambrel roof
an attic having such a roof
Word Origin for mansard
C18: from French mansarde, after François Mansart
François (frɑ̃swa). 1598–1666, French architect, who established the classical style in French architecture
his great-nephew, Jules Hardouin (ʒyl ardwɛ̃). 1646–1708, French architect and town planner, who completed the Palace of Versailles
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Word Origin and History for mansard
1734, from French mansarde, short for toit à la mansarde, a corrupt spelling, named for French architect Nicholas François Mansart (1598-1666), who made use of them.
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