One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A furnished holiday house in France, typically in a rural district.
small house, house, bungalow, villa, lodge, chalet, cabin, shack, shantyView synonyms
- ‘The most you will get for a gîte is £600 in high season, £300 in the low.’
- ‘I followed a French long-distance footpath and stayed in mountain huts or gîtes.’
- ‘With six bedroom suites and a two-bed gîte, it would make a perfect B&B.’
- ‘As my postbag and inbox tell me, a fair few of you intend to buy in bulk en route to the gîte, on the way back, or both.’
- ‘If you have come out to semi-retire and live off the income of a gîte then you need to be sure you have a good business plan.’
French, from Old French giste; related to gésir ‘to lie’.
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