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piano nobile Syllabification: pia·no no·bi·le
Pronunciation: /ˌpyäˌnō ˈnōbēlā/

Definition of piano nobile in English:

noun

Architecture
The main story of a large house (usually the first floor), containing the principal rooms.
Example sentences
  • The arrangement follows a traditional town house, with garage and service spaces at ground level, a piano nobile first floor for living, dining and cooking, and two floors of bedrooms above.
  • Based on the mews principal, with vehicles in garages at ground level topped by a piano nobile floor of offices, planning is simple and logical.
  • Living quarters are on the piano nobile under the deep coved ceiling and skylight and are flooded with luminance from the frameless glazed openings on either side.

Origin

Italian, literally 'noble floor'.

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