mezzanine

noun
mez·​za·​nine | \ ˈme-zə-ˌnēn , ˌme-zə-ˈ\

Definition of mezzanine

1 : a low-ceilinged story between two main stories of a building especially : an intermediate story that projects in the form of a balcony
2a : the lowest balcony in a theater
b : the first few rows of such a balcony

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Shelves in the upstairs mezzanine are filled with vintage biscuit porcelain. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Sanctuary-Like Tribeca Duplex of Designer Beth Bugdaycay," 22 Aug. 2018 The only splashes of color are found in a multicolored glass wall on the upper-level mezzanine, where doors open onto the roof amphitheater. Julie V. Iovine., WSJ, "A Shrine to Honor Service," 24 Oct. 2018 That train stop, about 90 feet below the surface, was built in a compact area, where only two up escalators and two down escalators connect the mezzanine to the boarding level. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Escalators at UW light-rail station keep breaking down; Sound Transit will improve them — and open a staircase," 26 Oct. 2018 An office mezzanine is lined in hardwood flooring, while a large gallery space opens up to the outdoors by way of a retracting glass garage door. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Make this minimalist artist retreat yours for $560K," 11 Apr. 2018 The long north-side escalator from the Pioneer Square Station mezzanine up to Third Avenue at Cherry Street, now Metro property, is especially notorious for shutdowns and yellow barricades. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Escalators at UW light-rail station keep breaking down; Sound Transit will improve them — and open a staircase," 26 Oct. 2018 Inside, the house retains its sense of privacy with the ground level blocked from street view and a mezzanine that offers a glimpse of the backyard through tall glass windows that are protected by a bright yellow shade. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Fortress-like house is a study in color and texture," 24 Aug. 2018 Freddie Mac will provide mezzanine debt—which is more risky but pays a higher interest rate than senior debt—at below market cost. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Freddie Mac Has a New Plan to Cap Rent Increases," 7 Aug. 2018 Inside, each of the house’s two floors has its own mezzanine and forms a separate apartment: one for Macullo, upstairs, and one for a friend and her three daughters, downstairs, where there is also a communal kitchen. Shonquis Moreno, Curbed, "‘If you take out the art, the building itself can’t stand’," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of mezzanine

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mezzanine

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

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mezzanine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mezzanine

: a small floor that is between two main levels of a building and that is usually in the form of a balcony
US : the lowest balcony in a theater

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