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maisonette (n.)

1818, "small house," from French maisonnette, diminutive of maison "house" (11c.), from Latin mansionem (see mansion). Meaning "a part of a building let separately" is by 1889.

You see, this is how it stands: I live in what the fellow who let the thing to me called a "maisonette"—goodness only knows why .... [Windsor Magazine, 1902]

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Definitions of maisonette

maisonette (n.)
a self-contained apartment (usually on two floors) in a larger house and with its own entrance from the outside;
Synonyms: maisonnette
maisonette (n.)
a small house;
Synonyms: maisonnette
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