Definition of pied-à-terre in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌpjeɪdɑːˈtɛː
, pjetatɛʀ/

noun (plural pieds-à-terre pronounced same)

A small flat, house, or room kept for occasional use.
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  • Standing in the garden of the owner's cottage, the small annexe to the Cottage offers a very attractive and well appointed pied-à-terre for a couple wishing to explore this unspoilt part of Southern England.
  • It's a commercial buy-to-let and a pied-à-terre designed to appeal to the corporate traveller.
  • Until then, successful entrepreneurs will prefer a rain-soaked pied-à-terre in Brussels to that sunny villa in Aix.


early 19th century: French, literally 'foot to earth'.

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