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

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