mez·​za·​nine ˈme-zə-ˌnēn How to pronounce mezzanine (audio)
: a low-ceilinged story between two main stories of a building
especially : an intermediate story that projects in the form of a balcony
: the lowest balcony in a theater
: the first few rows of such a balcony

Examples of mezzanine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While there was traditional seating in the mezzanine section, a portion of the audience stood and moved with the actors during the show to create a party ambiance. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 7 Nov. 2023 The curved interior space was large enough for a kitchen, a mezzanine bed, and, best of all, two hammocks. Nina Caplan, Travel + Leisure, 28 Oct. 2023 The Hangar West Palm Beach opens at the end of next summer, with 1,828-square-foot spaces (including 450-square-foot mezzanines) starting at $799,000. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 26 Sep. 2023 There’s a freshwater heated shower, air conditioning for cabin, helm, and mezzanine, ladder back helm seats with electric slides, upholstery with diamond stitching, wood cabinetry in the cabin with a bar sink and refrigerator and other items. William Thornton |, al, 23 Aug. 2023 The bathroom, which is also underneath the mezzanine level, is off the kitchen and features the same polished concrete floors as the rest of the unit. Megan Johnson,, 30 Aug. 2023 The museum’s sole Frida Kahlo painting hangs in pride of place in the mezzanine, accessible by the grandiose twin marble staircases. Kriston Capps, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2023 The museum has all these ping pong tables on the mezzanine. Sonya Sombreuil, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 The band was locked in, with little room for showboating (save for singer Thomas Mars literally climbing up to the mezzanine at the end), and the songs ended up sleek and stylish, simultaneously modern and retro. Marc Hirsh,, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, from Italian mezzanino, from mezzano middle, from Latin medianus middle, median

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mezzanine was in 1711

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“Mezzanine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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mez·​za·​nine ˈmez-ᵊn-ˌēn How to pronounce mezzanine (audio)
: a story between two main stories of a building often in the form of a balcony
: the lowest balcony in a theater or its first few rows

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