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pied-à-terre

[pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey-]
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noun, plural pieds-à-terre [pee-ey-duh-tair, -dah-, pyey-] /piˌeɪ dəˈtɛər, -dɑ-, ˌpyeɪ-/,
  1. 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
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Historical Examples

  • 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

pied-à-terre

noun plural pieds-à-terre (ˌpjeɪtɑːˈtɛə)
  1. a flat, house, or other lodging for secondary or occasional use
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Word Origin

French, literally: foot on (the) ground
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