split-lev·​el ˈsplit-ˈle-vəl How to pronounce split-level (audio)
: divided vertically so that the floor level of rooms in one part is approximately midway between the levels of two successive stories in an adjoining part
a split-level house
split-level noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The split-level owner’s suite comes with its own observation lounge, study and flashy en suite. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 Feb. 2023 Local regulations also dictated the maximum buildable height, so Wu decided to excavate part of the site to lower the floor level by half of a story, creating a split-level scheme. Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 23 Feb. 2023 The community has 149 Colonial and split-level homes built in the 1960s and ’70s. Madison Rudolf, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of split-level was in 1946

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“Split-level.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/split-level. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a house divided so that the floor in one part is about halfway between two floors in the other
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