McMansion

noun

Mc·​Man·​sion mək-ˈman(t)-shən How to pronounce McMansion (audio)
: a very large house built in usually a suburban neighborhood or development
especially : one regarded critically as oversized and ostentatious

Examples of McMansion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many young people today would rather protect their well-being than compete their way up the corporate ladder only to not be able to afford the McMansion their parents bought for a fraction of the price. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 21 June 2024 Other residents organized to support affordable housing initiatives in the city known for tearing down ranch-style homes to make way for McMansions. Sarah Ritter, Kansas City Star, 5 June 2024 Despite its title, the Court was a beige, bland, modern construction with all the Arthurian grandeur of a McMansion. Emily Harnett, Harper's Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024 If Tony and Carmela were actually placed into witness protection, why would the U.S. Marshals put them a 40-minute drive away from their McMansion in a city where the chance of him being spotted by one of his vengeful former colleagues would be incredibly high? Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2024 The McMansion isn’t dead yet, but homes are shrinking. Alena Botros, Fortune, 12 Mar. 2024 The premise was simple: R&T sent Kate Wagner—who cycling fans may know from her newsletter Derailleur, and others might know from her blog McMansion Hell—on a press junket to a Formula 1 race in Austin, Texas. Longreads, 8 Mar. 2024 Houses and condos to the south; a few McMansions at the north end. Clark Collis, EW.com, 6 Nov. 2023 From scenes of domestic life in a North Caldwell McMansion to after-hours debauchery at a strip club in Lodi, the show captured a snapshot of the Garden State in the late 1990s and 2000s, beguiling viewers with its regional authenticity. Anna Kodé, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of McMansion was in 1990

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“McMansion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/McMansion. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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McMansion

noun
Mc·​Man·​sion mək-ˈman-chən How to pronounce McMansion (audio)
: a very large house usually built in a suburban neighborhood or development
especially : one thought of as too big or showy
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