noun (plural pieds-à-terre) Etymology: French, literally, foot to the ground Date: 1829 a temporary or second lodging

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  • pied-à-terre — [ pjetatɛr ] n. m. inv. • 1732; « sonnerie de trompette » 1636; de pied, à et terre ♦ Logement qu on occupe en passant, occasionnellement. Avoir un pied à terre à Paris (⇒ garçonnière) . ● pied à terre nom masculin invariable Logement où on ne… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pied à terre — ⇒PIED( )À( )TERRE, (PIED À TERRE, PIED À TERRE), subst. masc. Logement qu on n occupe que de manière occasionnelle. Avoir un pied à terre à Paris. Ne vaut il pas mieux avoir un pied à terre chez ta fille (...) et vivre huit mois de l année à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Pied-à-terre — A pied à terre is a small living unit typically located in a large city (typically an apartment or a condominium). The phrase pied à terre literally translates from the French as foot on the ground . This is said to be because pieds à terre were… …   Wikipedia

  • pied-à-terre — [ˌpjeıd æ ˈteə US piˌed a: ˈter] n a small apartment or house, often in the centre of a city or town, that is not your main home but which you own and stay in sometimes ▪ They kept a pied à terre in London for theatre evenings …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pied-à-terre — [pyā tȧ ter′] n. pl. pied à terre [Fr, lit., foot on the ground] a lodging or dwelling, esp. one used only part time or temporarily …   English World dictionary

  • pied a terre — (n.) small town house or rooms used for short residences, 1829, French, pied à terre, lit. foot on the ground …   Etymology dictionary

  • pied-à-terre — pied à ter·re s.m.inv. ES fr. {{wmetafile0}} appartamento di piccole dimensioni utilizzato in modo provvisorio o per brevi e occasionali soggiorni {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1895. ETIMO: fr. pied à terre propr. piede a terra …   Dizionario italiano

  • pied-à-terre — [[t]piˌeɪ dəˈtɛər, dɑ , ˌpyeɪ [/t]] n. pl. pieds à terre [[t]piˌeɪ dəˈtɛər, dɑ , ˌpyeɪ [/t]] fot a residence, as an apartment, for part time or temporary use • Etymology: 1820–30; < F: lit., foot on ground …   From formal English to slang

  • pied-à-terre — meaning ‘a small house or apartment kept for occasional use’, is pronounced pyay dah tair and is now printed in roman type with the accent as shown. The plural form is pieds à terre (with the same pronunciation) …   Modern English usage

  • pied-à-terre — /fr. pjetaˈtɛʀ/ [vc. fr., propriamente «piede a terra»] s. m. inv. appartamentino …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Pied-à-terre — (franz., spr. pjē t atǟr ), Absteigequartier, Landhäuschen eines Städters …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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