Definitions

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

  • n. The upper story formed by the lower slope of a mansard roof.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having two slopes on each side, the lower being steeper than the upper
  • n. A mansard roof
  • n. The upper storey of a building, surrounded by such a roof

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In French, a mansard roof; a dormer-window; hence, a chamber lighted by such a window; a chamber in the roof: in English used in all these senses. See Mansard roof, under roof.

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

  • n. a hip roof having two slopes on each side
  • adj. (of a roof) having two slopes on all sides with the lower slope steeper than the upper

Etymologies

French mansarde, after François Mansart (1598-1666), French architect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French mansarde, from Francois Mansart, French architect (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • His mansard-roofed summer mansion- called Bleak House - stood at what is now 13th and Geranium until it was torn down in 1916.

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  • Later, in the 1870s, with the French no longer Britain's naturalenemies, Second Empire architecture became popular, with its telltale mansard roofs, dormer windows and bracketed balconies.

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  • Late Victorian, solidly brick built, it rose through three floors of diminishingly elaborate casement windows, the uppermost arched attractively and poking out from a fine mansard roof.

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  • So perhaps the architect should put in for a three-storey building with a mansard roof (which would be a couple of feet taller than the building opposite), getting the developer four storeys.

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  • He'd gone up there with another altar boy from Moosup; the two occupied separate rooms in the old Victorian house, a place whose long windows and mansard roof made it look like something out of the Addams Family.

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  • A 1997 fire destroyed the top stories, including the mansard, of what was originally a six-story structure.

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  • In "Paris Through a Window," a human-headed yellow cat perches on a window sill; the Eiffel Tower looms above mansard roofs; a parachute-jumper descends from the tower; an upside-down train and two figures float past; a blue-faced, Janus-headed man lurks in a corner, holding a heart in his blue palm.

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  • With its mansard roof and intricately ornamental exterior, 901 Broadway was an obvious candidate for landmark status, which it received in 1977.

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