- 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
- 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.
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The architect was Mansard, for whom the Mansard roof, known in America, is named.A Journey Through France in War Time
Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
It was two stories high, crowned with a French mansard roof.The Kentucky Ranger
Edward T. Curnick
The house was pulled down and the chteau erected, after the plans of Mansard.Princes and Poisoners
Under the roof, in two mansard attics, were the nests for the servants.Les Misrables
He may have spied upon us from the port, through the barriers, and even to our mansard.Lazarre
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
- 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
- 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
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.