- 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
1725–35; < French mansarde, named after N. F. Mansart
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Those bedrooms under the mansard-roof are miracles not only of ugliness, but discomfort, and there is no attic.
Sometimes I speculate as to whether it can be due to the mansard-roof of their house.
- 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
C18: from French mansarde, after François Mansart
Word Origin and History for mansard-roof
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper