mansard

noun
man·​sard | \ ˈman-ˌsärd How to pronounce mansard (audio) , -sərd \

Definition of mansard

: a roof having two slopes on all sides with the lower slope steeper than the upper one — see roof illustration

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Other Words from mansard

mansarded \ ˈman-​ˌsär-​dəd How to pronounce mansard (audio) , -​sər-​ \ adjective

Examples of mansard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its impressive mansard asphalt shingle roof makes the home stand out on the street, which backs up to Popieluszko Court. courant.com, "Property of the Week: 20 Charter Oak Place, Hartford," 11 Dec. 2020 Those photos were about all that remained after a fire that started Thursday afternoon and burned into Friday destroyed much of the redbrick landmark with the white trim and mansard roof that has helped define Northfield for generations. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Fire destroys much of Northfield's historic Archer House River Inn," 13 Nov. 2020 Up top, a ventilating tower was handsomely fitted out with a four-sided mansard roof pierced by round-arched dormers. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "In Brooklyn, a Ghost of Breweries Past," 30 Oct. 2020 The Victorian row houses -- and two Second Empire-style row houses with mansard roofs that are expected to follow in 2021 -- are being developed by the non-profit Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, Inc., or NINA. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Development of downtown Hartford’s ‘Bushnell Park South’ could take cues from modest Asylum Hill row house project," 2 Dec. 2019 That facade, research showed, was originally cast iron on its lower four floors and sheet metal on its fifth level, the dormered mansard roof. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Restoring Brooklyn’s Queen of Department Stores," 22 Nov. 2019 Some rooms have special features like a wooden Versailles parquet on the first floor or Parisian mansards on the top floor. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Room at...Hotel Splendide Royal in Paris," 8 Jan. 2019 The architects restored the exterior of the building, transforming its dilapidated white siding into something closer to the building’s original state with a mansard roof, cornices, and trim. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "1880s Victorian renovated into sustainable emergency shelter for families," 23 July 2018 The cheapest rooms have sloping mansard roofs that could be problematic for tall guests; the nicest rooms have a small terrace. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mansard

circa 1734, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mansard

French mansarde, from François Mansart †1666 French architect

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The first known use of mansard was circa 1734

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“Mansard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mansard. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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