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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A balcony in an auditorium.
  • n. A sub-floor, in between main floors of a building.
  • adj. Fulfilling an intermediate or secondary function.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • 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. 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.

from The 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.

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

  • n. first or lowest balcony
  • n. intermediate floor just above the ground floor


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)
Italian mezzanino, from mezzano ("middle"), from Latin medianus. (Wiktionary)



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