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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A small house.
  • n. Chiefly British An apartment occupying two or more floors of a larger building and often having its own entrance from outside.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small house
  • n. an apartment often on two floors

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small house
  • n. a self-contained apartment (usually on two floors) in a larger house and with its own entrance from the outside

Etymologies

French maisonnette, diminutive of maison, house, dwelling, from Old French, from Latin mānsiō, mānsiōn-; see mansion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French maisonnette (Wiktionary)

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