mai·​son·​ette ˌmā-zə-ˈnet How to pronounce maisonette (audio)
: a small house
: an apartment often on two floors

Examples of maisonette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ablaze with bougainvillea, studded with blonde maisonettes, bathed in sea light, Oinoussai in pictures is another belle in the wine-dark East Aegean. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 Units at 40 East End Avenue include two- to five-bedroom apartments, a maisonette and a duplex penthouse with a private roof terrace, priced from about $3 million to $25 million. Tim McKeough, New York Times, 3 May 2018 Also of note last month: The three-story maisonette owned by Tina Brown, the author and journalist, and her journalist husband, Sir Harold M. Evans, officially closed, according to public records. Vivian Marino, New York Times, 29 June 2018 The other two units, which include a ground floor maisonette and a duplex on the third and fourth floors, are asking an estimated $14 million and $16 million, respectively, Ms. Muss said. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 6 June 2018 To keep a feeling of lightness in the dining area of a Palm Beach maisonette, designer Mimi McMakin put a glass top on wicker table bases. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, 7 May 2014 The 2,500-square-foot apartment was originally the top floor of a maisonette that had been divided. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, 11 Oct. 2017 Five large condo units went on the market this week at 70 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights for prices ranging from $2.9 million for a three-bedroom second-floor unit to a $6 million triplex maisonette with a private backyard. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, 3 May 2017

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Word History


French maisonnette, from Old French, diminutive of maison house, from Latin mansion-, mansio dwelling place — more at mansion

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of maisonette was in 1785

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“Maisonette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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