noun (1)
\ 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

 (Entry 1 of 9)

: a temporary or second lodging

ventre à terre

French phrase
ven·​tre à terre | \ väⁿ-trä-ter How to pronounce ventre à terre (audio) \

Definition of ventre à terre (Entry 2 of 9)

: belly to the ground : at full speed : flat out


geographical name (1)
\ bas-ˈter How to pronounce Basse-Terre (audio) , bäs-\

Definition of Basse-Terre (Entry 3 of 9)

1 island of the French West Indies constituting the western part of Guadeloupe area 364 square miles (946 square kilometers), population 173,000
2 town, port on a channel between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, and capital of Guadeloupe population 12,377


geographical name (2)
\ grän-ˈter How to pronounce Grande-Terre (audio) \

Definition of Grande-Terre (Entry 4 of 9)

island in French West Indies constituting the eastern portion of Guadeloupe area 220 square miles (572 square kilometers)

Terre Haute

geographical name (3)
Ter·​re Haute | \ ˌter-ə-ˈhōt also -ˈhət How to pronounce Terre Haute (audio) \

Definition of Terre Haute (Entry 5 of 9)

city on the Wabash River in western Indiana population 60,785
\ äˈte(ə)r, French ȧter\

Definition of à terre (Entry 6 of 9)

: on the ground : par terre

burnt terre verte

noun (2)

Definition of burnt terre verte (Entry 7 of 9)

: vandyke brown

terre à terre

\ ¦terə¦te(ə)r\

Definition of terre à terre (Entry 8 of 9)

1a : performed on or close to the ground or floor : performed with little elevation terre à terre dancing
b : performing with the feet close to the ground terre à terre dancer
2 : lacking in imagination : matter-of-fact, prosaic

terre verte

noun (3)
\ (ˈ)ter¦ve(ə)rt\

Definition of terre verte (Entry 9 of 9)

2 : the variable color of terre verte pigment, which averages a grayish green that is bluer, lighter, and stronger than slate green, bluer and duller than average reseda (see reseda sense 2a), and yellower and duller than average blue spruce (see blue spruce sense 2a)

called also Bohemian earth, cyprian earth, green earth, green ocher, holy green, Italian green, permanent green, Tyrol green, Verona green

First Known Use of pied-à-terre

Noun (1)

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pied-à-terre

Noun (1)

French, literally, foot to the ground

Adverb (or adjective)



French, literally, earth to earth

Noun (3)

French, literally, green earth

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