American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A partial story between two main stories of a building.
- n. The lowest balcony in a theater or the first few rows of that balcony.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture A story of diminished height introduced between two higher stories; an entresol. See cut under entresol
- n. A window less in height than in breadth; a window in an entresol.
- n. A balcony in an auditorium.
- n. A sub-floor, in between main floors of a building.
- adj. engineering Fulfilling an intermediate or secondary function.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as entresol.
- n. A partial story which is not on the same level with the story of the main part of the edifice, as of a back building, where the floors are on a level with landings of the staircase of the main house.
- n. A flooring laid over a floor to bring it up to some height or level.
- n. (Theat.) A floor under the stage, from which various contrivances, as traps, are worked.
- n. The lowest balcony in a theater, or the forward part of the first balcony.
- n. first or lowest balcony
- n. intermediate floor just above the ground floor
- Italian mezzanino, from mezzano ("middle"), from Latin medianus. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Italian mezzanino, diminutive of mezzano, middle, from Latin mediānus, in the middle; see median. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now we weren't really a venture capital company so much as we were at that time called mezzanine financing.”
“The remaining $500 million coming due Tuesday is held by three so-called mezzanine lenders — Five Mile, MetLife Inc. and Government of Singapore Investment Corp., according to people familiar with the situation.”
“Holders of the chain's $3.3 billion in so-called mezzanine, or junior, debt aren't likely to see any recovery.”
“The price hikes would help generate enough cash to pay off — or refinance — the second mortgage, known as a mezzanine loan, when it came due in January 2009.”
“In fact, the guards were telling us to head up to the third-mezzanine, that is until a Wheel producer saw how EXTREMELY camera-ready our faces were and instructed us to head on into the orchestra, where we were seated in a couple of seats in the 32nd row that were intended for the deaf.”
“Fortress used a strategy that is becoming increasingly popular among vulture investors: The private-equity firm first bought at a discount the $70 million controlling senior slice of the so-called mezzanine debt, which fills the gap between equity and the first mortgage.”
“The development also owes $360 million on a so-called mezzanine loan that was originated by Fortress Investment Group LLC.”
“Harry Macklowe Fillmore holds as much as $400 million in so-called mezzanine financing on the properties.”
“The winning bidder was a partnership between Normandy Real Estate Partners and Five Mile Capital Partners, which holds the senior portion of $700 million in so-called mezzanine debt, or the part that fills the gap between the first mortgage and a borrower's equity.”
“Two investors that bought about $214 million of the so-called mezzanine debt filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that lenders that provided $7.4 billion in financing to the buyer, Lightstone Group LLC, are engaged in a "scheme" to take over the property and wipe out the mezzanine investors.”
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