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mezzanine

[ mez-uh-neen, mez-uh-neen ]
/ ˈmɛz əˌnin, ˌmɛz əˈnin /
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noun

the lowest balcony or forward part of such a balcony in a theater.
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 mediānusmedian) + -ino diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for mezzanine

mezzanine
/ (ˈmɛzəˌniːn, ˈmɛtsəˌniːn) /

noun

Also called: mezzanine floor, entresol an intermediate storey, esp a low one between the ground and first floor of a building
theatre, US and Canadian the first balcony
theatre, British a room or floor beneath the stage

adjective

of or relating to an intermediate stage in a financial processmezzanine funding Often shortened to: mezz
C18: from French, from Italian, diminutive of mezzano middle, from Latin mediānus median
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