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


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.


Nearby words

  1. mezereum,
  2. mezlocillin,
  3. mezuzah,
  4. mezza voce,
  5. mezzaluna,
  6. mezzo,
  7. mezzo forte,
  8. mezzo piano,
  9. mezzo soprano,
  10. mezzo-relievo

Origin of mezzanine

1705–15; < French < Italian mezzanino, equivalent to mezzan(o) middle (< Latin mediānus median) + -ino diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mezzanine

British Dictionary definitions for mezzanine


/ (ˈmɛzəˌniːn, ˈmɛtsəˌniːn) /


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


of or relating to an intermediate stage in a financial processmezzanine funding Often shortened to: mezz

Word Origin for mezzanine

C18: from French, from Italian, diminutive of mezzano middle, from Latin mediānus median

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Word Origin and History for mezzanine



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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