sub·​base·​ment ˌsəb-ˈbās-mənt How to pronounce subbasement (audio)
variants or sub-basement
plural subbasements or sub-basements
: a basement or an underground story located below the main basement of a building
… describing in loving detail the enormous, complex structure from the bottom up, its subbasement … is full of gleaming pipes, turbines and boilers.Burton Bernstein

Examples of subbasement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For one thing, the hotel’s reputation had plummeted into its subbasement, with mocking public complaints about peeling wallpaper, worn furniture and bedbugs. Dan Barry, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2023 Halley Zelicoff, a food stylist, has been to 30 of Mr. Trinidad’s dinners, including the first, which was held in a subbasement of a warehouse. Robert Simonson, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2022 My second magnetic resonance defecography is in the subbasement of Mount Sinai. Cara Schacter, New York Times, 2 Oct. 2022 But Powell was struck by the show’s final scene in the building’s subbasement where five men were taking out mountains of trash. Carmine Gallo, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The earth proves to have a subbasement utopia of pale, wise beings who fear and marvel at their visitors. Paul Collins, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subbasement was circa 1776

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“Subbasement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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