from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. smaller temporary or secondary lodging; a second home
- n. house in the city
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A temporary lodging; a lodging or small apartment which one keeps for convenience to use in passing through a town, etc.
- n. Mil., a foothold; a place from which to sally forth and upon which to retreat, as in a sortie upon an enemy.
From French pied-à-terre (literally “foot on ground”) (Wiktionary)