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mezzanine

[mez-uh-neen, mez-uh-neen]
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noun
  1. the lowest balcony or forward part of such a balcony in a theater.
  2. a low story between two other stories of greater height in a building, especially when the low story and the one beneath it form part of one composition; an entresol.
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Origin of mezzanine

1705–15; < French < Italian mezzanino, equivalent to mezzan(o) middle (< Latin mediānus median) + -ino diminutive suffix
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  • I listened attentively and it seemed to me they were sitting in the mezzanine.

  • He mounted to the mezzanine floor, tried the door, and found it locked.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson

  • There, on a sort of mezzanine, he had a gorgeous little suite.

    The Deluge

    David Graham Phillips

  • He found it on the mezzanine, suitably lavish, clean and well-furnished.

    Forsyte's Retreat

    Winston Marks

  • By and by, when she's foot-loose, she wants to see you in the mezzanine.

    The Real Man

    Francis Lynde


British Dictionary definitions for mezzanine

mezzanine

noun
  1. Also called: mezzanine floor, entresol an intermediate storey, esp a low one between the ground and first floor of a building
  2. theatre, US and Canadian the first balcony
  3. theatre, British a room or floor beneath the stage
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adjective
  1. of or relating to an intermediate stage in a financial processmezzanine funding Often shortened to: mezz
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Italian, diminutive of mezzano middle, from Latin mediānus median
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mezzanine

n.

1711, "a low story between two tall ones in a building," from French mezzanine (17c.), from Italian mezzanino, from mezzano "middle," from Latin medianus "of the middle," from medius (see medial (adj.)). Sense of "lowest balcony in a theater" first recorded 1927.

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