Definition of mansard in English:


Syllabification: man·sard
Pronunciation: /ˈmanˌsärd, -sərd


(also mansard roof)
1A roof that has four sloping sides, each of which becomes steeper halfway down.
More example sentences
  • On the ground floor of the entrance facade, a shallow porch with four columns links the two bay windows, and a steep mansard roof with dormer windows is crowned by a grand octagonal cupola.
  • These include the mansard roof, cornicing and wrought ironwork to the 1853 facade.
  • In 1917 a later owner added a Chinese Chippendale porch with a Shanghai mansard roof.
1.1A story or apartment under a mansard roof.
More example sentences
  • Some workers had found her dead in her tiny mansard apartment.
1.2British another term for gambrel.


mid 18th century: from French mansarde, named after F. Mansart (see Mansart, François).

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