[ pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey- ]
/ piˌeɪ dəˈtɛər, -dɑ-, ˌpyeɪ- /
noun, plural pieds-à-terre [pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey-] /piˌeɪ dəˈtɛər, -dɑ-, ˌpyeɪ-/,
a residence, as an apartment, for part-time or temporary use.
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Origin of pied-à-terre
1820–30; < French: literally, foot on ground
Words nearby pied-à-terre
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Example sentences from the Web for pied-a-terre
Indeed, Dr. Lyschinski's was hardly more than a pied-a-terre for him: he never stayed long, and generally came unexpectedly.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks
Blakeney had more than one pied-a-terre in Paris, and never stayed longer than two or three days in any of these.El Dorado|Baroness Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for pied-a-terre
/ (ˌpjeɪtɑːˈtɛə) /
noun plural pieds-à-terre (ˌpjeɪtɑːˈtɛə)
a flat, house, or other lodging for secondary or occasional use
Word Origin for pied-à-terre
French, literally: foot on (the) ground
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