One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very small apartment.‘she was renting a downstairs flatette’
- ‘The house where I first lived on my own was divided into five flatettes and inhabited by eight people.’
- ‘Most of the accommodation available should be flatette-style rather than the all-services-provided type of hostel.’
- ‘There is a fully-furnished studio flatette separate from the main house.’
- ‘They made love until the tenants of the flatette next door banged on the wall and told them to shut up.’
- ‘The pile of newspapers had filled the flatette with a terrible burning smell.’
- ‘He moved out of his small bed-sitting room and we took a larger flatette in the Bay area.’
- ‘My flatette -- it isn't really big enough to be called a flat -- is a cosy home.’
- ‘He would never have stayed on in his rundown flatette if it hadn't been located on an old bomb site.’
- ‘You will remember the smell of his hands in the wet flatette.’
- ‘There was a short flight of timber stairs inside leading to the little flatette that I'd leased.’
Early 20th century: from flat + -ette.
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