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This page has 12 definitions of mezzanine in English and French. Mezzanine is a noun, an adjective and verb. Examples of how to use mezzanine in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English mezzanine definition


PIE word
A mezzanine (noun sense 1.1; left) in a bookshop in São Paulo, Brazil.
A mezzanine (noun sense 1.1) made of structural steel used for industrial storage.

The noun is borrowed from French mezzanine, and from its etymon Italian mezzanino, from mezzano ((adjective) middle; (noun) go-between) + -ino (diminutive suffix).[1] Mezzano is derived from Latin mediānus (central, middle, adjective), from medius (mid, middle) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos (middle)) + -ānus (suffix meaning ‘of or pertaining to’).

The adjective and verb are derived from the noun.



mezzanine (plural mezzanines)

  1. (architecture)
    1. An intermediate floor or storey in between the main floors of a building; specifically, one that is directly above the ground floor which does not extend over the whole floorspace of the building, and so resembles a large balcony overlooking the ground floor; an entresol.
      On our way to the top floor, we stopped at the mezzanine.
      • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 17: Ithaca]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483, part III [Nostos], page 666:
        [W]ater closet on mezzanine provided with opaque singlepane oblong window, tipup seat, bracket lamp, brass tierod brace, armrests, footstool and artistic oleograph on inner face of door: []
      • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian[1], London: Guardian News & Media, ISSN 0261-3077, OCLC 229952407, archived from the original on 11 July 2022:
        In these sheds, individual products rest on short racks, so they can be reached more easily by employees who pick and box orders. In order to fit more racks, companies put in several mezzanine levels. As a result, the sheds rise taller: 21 metres, compared to B2B’s 15 metres.
      • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire: Bauer Media, ISSN 0953-4563, OCLC 999467860, page 68:
        On arrival at Birmingham New Street, I make my way upstairs to the mezzanine to get shots of an almost deserted concourse, polka-dotted with social distancing circles like some strange board-game.
    2. (by extension) An apartment, room, etc., on such an intermediate floor.
    3. (Canada, US) The lowest balcony in an auditorium, cinema, theatre, etc.; the dress circle.
    4. (obsolete)
      1. Additional flooring laid over a floor to bring it up to some height or level.
      2. In full mezzanine window: a small window at the height of a mezzanine floor (sense 1.1) or an attic, used to light these floors.
  2. (theater, obsolete) A floor under the stage, from which contrivances such as traps are worked.

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mezzanine (not comparable)

  1. (banking, business) Characteristic of or relating to high-interest loans which have no collateral, and are regarded as intermediate in nature, ranking above equity but below secured loans.
  2. (engineering) Fulfilling an intermediate or secondary function.
    To make interconnections easier, we added a mezzanine PCB.



mezzanine (third-person singular simple present mezzanines, present participle mezzanining, simple past and past participle mezzanined)

  1. (transitive) To fit (a building or other place) with a mezzanine floor.


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French mezzanine definition


PIE word

Borrowed from Italian mezzanino, from mezzano ((adjective) middle; (noun) go-between) + -ino (diminutive suffix). Mezzano is derived from Latin mediānus (central, middle, adjective), from medius (mid, middle) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos (middle)) + -ānus (suffix meaning ‘of or pertaining to’).


  • IPA(key): /mɛ(d).za.nin/, /me(d).za.nin/
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mezzanine f (plural mezzanines)

  1. (architecture) mezzanine; entresol


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