granny flat

noun

chiefly British
: an apartment that is adjacent to the main living quarters of a house

Examples of granny flat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So backyard apartments — which many call granny flats, and which city officials call accessory dwelling units — are still being built directly on property lines in coastal neighborhoods, including at least three in Crown Point. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2024 July 6, 2022 20 Lifestyle The L.A. ‘granny flat’ built for climate change: Take a look at the eco-chic inside A downsized, upcycled barn in Highland Park is transformed into one of L.A.’s greenest ADUs. Lisa Boonestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 Think house or apartment sharing to cut back on costs rather than living alone, in accessory dwelling units or ADUs known as casitas, granny flats, or in-law units. Anita Snow, Fortune, 2 Dec. 2023 Think house or apartment sharing to cut back on costs rather than living alone, in accessory dwelling units or ADUs known as casitas, granny flats, and in-law units. Anita Snow, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Nov. 2023 The optional statewide law, AB 1033, was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in mid-October, and allows accessory dwelling units, sometimes called granny flats, to be sold separately — and, presumably, at a lower price than your average home. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 The fire claimed dozens of homes in its path, but the family’s house — which includes a garage and a granny flat on more than two acres near Cleveland National Forest — was unscathed. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, 14 June 2023 There were also accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, which are sometimes called granny flats, backyard homes, in-law suites, or backyard cottages. Jeff Kruth, Fortune, 6 June 2023 The system would be similar to plans the county now offers for accessory dwelling units, also known as backyard cottages or granny flats. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 May 2023

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Word History

Etymology

from its use by parents of the family living in the house

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of granny flat was in 1965

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“Granny flat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/granny%20flat. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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