Definition of mansard in English:



  • 1A roof which has four sloping sides, each of which becomes steeper halfway down.

    • ‘In 1917 a later owner added a Chinese Chippendale porch with a Shanghai mansard roof.’
    • ‘Several years ago Kevin had a similar problem on the mansard roof of a Victorian he owned in Alameda, Calif.’
    • ‘These include the mansard roof, cornicing and wrought ironwork to the 1853 facade.’
    • ‘The house, near to the junction with Tor Avenue, was built more than 50 years ago with rendered walls and a red tiled mansard roof.’
    • ‘One was installed on top of the mansard roof of my 1852 house in Charleston, South Carolina, and the other was installed in my funky homebuilt airplane.’
    • ‘But asking Murial Cooper to deliver an ugly and ordinary book design would be like forcing Mies van der Rohe to put a mansard roof on the Seagram Building.’
    • ‘In the spirit of the colonial revival, they replaced the Victorian era mansard roof with a hip roof with dormers, removed the two-story service wing, replaced windows and doors, and restored or embellished interior woodwork.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Constructed in 1878 for coal storage and later used as housing for African American male patients, the Lodge once displayed a tin mansard roof, floors laid with narrow oak boards, and plastered walls and ceilings.’
    • ‘My house has a mansard roof, with pan tiles, and it was once owned by the great Scottish colourist painter, a Belfast man originally, Sir John Lavery.’
    • ‘Arch; pediment; Ionic, Doric and Corinthian columns; ornamental motifs such as dentils and scrolls; and types of roofs such as mansard, pyramidal, domed and gabled.’
    • ‘Under the mansard roof of structure number 14, a figure rested in a rocking chair, studying a magazine.’
    • ‘The first version of the house he designed for James McNeill Whistler was rejected by the Metropolitan Board of Works but, even so, the finished product in white brick with a high, green-tiled mansard roof has the austerity of Modernism.’
    • ‘Originally it had five stories and the triple mansard roof and iron tower at the top were later additions.’
    • ‘On a drive around the county's back roads, the sheriff pointed to new house after new house, some with mansard roofs, some with Palladian windows, that he said were built with drug profits.’
    • ‘There was a classic late - 60s early 70s apartment complex slumping under a heavy mansard roof; it was called ‘Pleasant View,’ and it overlooked a heap of dirt.’
    • ‘This 2,900 square foot architect-designed house with a mansard roof is in pristine condition and finished to an exceptional standard, overlooking a wonderful award winning garden from everywhere in the house.’
    • ‘The flat fourth story is crowned by an emphatic cornice, above which is a tall mansard roof sheltering two more stories.’
    • ‘The buildings were combined and rebuilt from the third floor down and the original mansards reshaped into a single half barrel-vaulted roof.’
    • ‘One of B.A.'s most exclusive neighborhoods, the Recolita, especially resembles Paris with mansard roofs and carved stone facades.’
    attic, loft, roof space, cock loft
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    1. 1.1British
      another term for gambrel
    2. 1.2A storey or apartment under a mansard roof.
      • ‘Some workers had found her dead in her tiny mansard apartment.’


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