Definition of mezzanine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɛtsəniːn//ˈmɛzəniːn/


  • 1A low storey between two others in a building, typically between the ground and first floors.

    as modifier ‘a mezzanine floor’
    • ‘The ground floor and mezzanine will be occupied by the society and the rest will be given over to other offices.’
    • ‘It measures 9x7m and houses two mezzanine floors once connected by a spiral staircase.’
    • ‘The two-story spaces with interior stairwells and mezzanines also act as vertical bridges between floors in the six-story towers.’
    • ‘The planned refurbishment would remove the mezzanine, an important part of the building's heritage significance’
    • ‘It's a light and breezy ground floor and mezzanine, not too clattery, doing brisk business on a weekday lunchtime.’
    • ‘The major structural change is the addition of a stair connecting the mezzanine to the upper level.’
    • ‘Above the wide steps, the next major level is an open mezzanine, also sharing the great window.’
    • ‘His design retains the north and south brick facades of the old building and inserts the new structure of six main floors and three mezzanines within them.’
    • ‘The new block contains a new entrance at ground level and a mezzanine that projects over the entrance hall like a protruding tongue.’
    • ‘They are countering the space loss by inserting a mezzanine between the ground and first floors.’
    • ‘Here, the architects added a mezzanine to create an extra 27,000 square feet of floor space.’
    • ‘Situated on the steps leading from ground floor to the mezzanine, entitled Artist's Breath, the work is infused with pathos and mystery.’
    • ‘The Malleswaram market in the new parking complex plan has a basement, ground floor, mezzanine, three floors and a terrace across 70,000 sq ft, as does the Seshadripuram market.’
    • ‘Presiding over the spacious Bar Red dance floor is the decadent ‘Gold Man’ statue, which greets you as you ascend the spiral staircase to the Red mezzanine floor.’
    • ‘The third, fourth and fifth floors also have mezzanines.’
    • ‘The Science Centre has three 8m high floors, arranged with the possibility of inserting mezzanines inside the curved north facade.’
    • ‘The accommodation briefly comprises ground floor lounge bar, first floor mezzanine area, second floor catering kitchen (with service lift to bar area).’
    • ‘The box has three sleeping areas: two at ground level and a bunk on a suspended mezzanine.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, concrete replaces rotten wood floors, window frames have been repaired, and a mezzanine was installed on the ground floor to expand exhibition space.’
    • ‘Steel girders have been used in its construction, which could allow for building of a second storey or mezzanine.’
    floor, level, tier
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    1. 1.1North American The lowest balcony of a theatre, cinema, etc., or the front rows of the balcony.
      ‘he came up to bat and was greeted with little optimism by the experienced fans in my sector of the mezzanine’
      • ‘Three women peered over the banister of the mezzanine.’
      • ‘We're going to meet on the left side of the mezzanine between the opening act and The Fiery Furnaces to meet James [Mercer, her cousin and lead singer of The Shins] and get backstage passes.’
      • ‘I had a choice between back orchestra all the way on one side, and middle mezzanine.’
      • ‘A balcony above the mezzanine displayed the porcelain, clothing, and other goods offered for sale.’
      • ‘The first people in the theatre, they walked out - but after the first night, there were lines around the theatre, they sold out the mezzanine.’
      • ‘A $25 ticket earns a seat in the uppermost mezzanine, the floor set with chairs for the $250 people.’
      • ‘Later I see the famous mad scene from the best seat in the house, perched atop a mezzanine in the Great Hall of Lammermoor Castle.’
      • ‘With good sightlines, a mezzanine and balcony that hovered over the action, and regularly scheduled doubleheaders, the Garden was a perfect venue for round-ball.’


  • attributive Relating to or denoting unsecured, higher-yielding loans that are subordinate to bank loans and secured loans but rank above equity.

    ‘the company received $9.1 m in mezzanine financing’
    • ‘The two banks and Vernon are reported to have put up only €34 million of the purchase price, the remaining coming in the form of mezzanine finance and bank loans.’
    • ‘Before the IMF crisis these private equity opportunities were mainly mezzanine equity infusions into companies with up to $100 million in sales.’
    • ‘DEG provides tailor-made long-term project and corporate finance through equity participation, mezzanine finance, and loans in all major currencies as well as Thai baht.’
    • ‘We are now in a position to offer the whole range of services including leasing, term debt, mezzanine finance, venture capital and now working capital with a current account.’
    • ‘Where a transaction requires more debt than a bank would normally be comfortable with, a tranche of mezzanine debt may be used to fill the gap in the funding package.’


Early 18th century: from French, from Italian mezzanino, diminutive of mezzano ‘middle’, from Latin medianus ‘median’.