Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A partial story between two main stories of a building.
  • noun The lowest balcony in a theater or the first few rows of that balcony.
  • adjective Of or relating to securities granting a claim on interest or assets that is subordinate to that of secured and senior debt but above that of equity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In architecture A story of diminished height introduced between two higher stories; an entresol. See cut under entresol
  • noun A window less in height than in breadth; a window in an entresol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as entresol.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A flooring laid over a floor to bring it up to some height or level.
  • noun (Theat.) A floor under the stage, from which various contrivances, as traps, are worked.
  • noun The lowest balcony in a theater, or the forward part of the first balcony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun first or lowest balcony
  • noun intermediate floor just above the ground floor

Etymologies

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

[French, from Italian mezzanino, diminutive of mezzano, middle, from Latin mediānus, in the middle; see median.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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