pied-à-terre

noun

pē-ˌā-də-ˈter How to pronounce pied-à-terre (audio)
-ˌā-dä-;
ˌpyā-dä-
plural pieds-à-terre pē-ˌā-də-ˈter How to pronounce pied-à-terre (audio)
-ˌā-dä-;
ˌpyā-dä-
: a temporary or second lodging

Examples of pied-à-terre in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That dream became a reality in this Portland pied-a-terre for Sara Fritsch, the former president of Schoolhouse Electric. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

French, literally, foot to the ground

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pied-à-terre was in 1823

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Cite this Entry

“Pied-à-terre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pied-%C3%A0-terre. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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