Definition of mezzanine in English:

mezzanine

Syllabification: mez·za·nine
Pronunciation: /ˈmezəˌnēn, ˌmezəˈnēn
 
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noun

1A low story between two others in a building, typically between the ground and first floors.
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  • The new block contains a new entrance at ground level and a mezzanine that projects over the entrance hall like a protruding tongue.
  • Situated on the steps leading from ground floor to the mezzanine, entitled Artist's Breath, the work is infused with pathos and mystery.
  • The accommodation briefly comprises ground floor lounge bar, first floor mezzanine area, second floor catering kitchen (with service lift to bar area).
1.1North American The lowest balcony of a theater, stadium, etc., or the front rows of the balcony.
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  • A balcony above the mezzanine displayed the porcelain, clothing, and other goods offered for sale.
  • With good sightlines, a mezzanine and balcony that hovered over the action, and regularly scheduled doubleheaders, the Garden was a perfect venue for round-ball.
  • Later I see the famous mad scene from the best seat in the house, perched atop a mezzanine in the Great Hall of Lammermoor Castle.

adjective

[attributive] Finance Back to top  
Relating to or denoting unsecured, higher-yielding loans that are subordinate to bank loans and secured loans but rank above equity.
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  • The two banks and Vernon are reported to have put up only €34 million of the purchase price, the remaining coming in the form of mezzanine finance and bank loans.
  • DEG provides tailor-made long-term project and corporate finance through equity participation, mezzanine finance, and loans in all major currencies as well as Thai baht.
  • We are now in a position to offer the whole range of services including leasing, term debt, mezzanine finance, venture capital and now working capital with a current account.

Origin

early 18th century: from French, from Italian mezzanino, diminutive of mezzano 'middle', from Latin medianus 'median'.

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