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 pieds-à-terre (audio) , -​ˌā-​dä-​ ; ˌpyā-​dä-​ \

Definition of pied-à-terre

: a temporary or second lodging

First Known Use of pied-à-terre

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pied-à-terre

French, literally, foot to the ground

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pied-à-terre

Time Traveler for pied-à-terre

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about pied-à-terre

Statistics for pied-à-terre

Cite this Entry

“Pied-à-terre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pied-%C3%A0-terre. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

Comments on pied-à-terre

What made you want to look up pied-à-terre? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!