Definition of pied-à-terre in English:



  • A small flat, house, or room kept for occasional use.

    • ‘However, harbour rules forbid owners with permanent moorings to spend more than a couple of nights a week aboard their yachts, so they cannot become a permanent home, only a watery pied-à-terre.’
    • ‘Studios are a popular choice as a pied-à-terre, but for somebody like you, looking to live in one all the time, they require careful thought.’
    • ‘From a desirable pied-à-terre in London and a generous salary for your spouse, to first-class travel allowances around the country, the taxpayers pick up the bill.’
    • ‘Even though he lives just a 25-minute rail commute from his constituency, he bought a £325,000 pied-à-terre in a converted warehouse.’
    • ‘She's staying in Gabriel's London pied-à-terre but is also planning to go down to the family home near Bath to see her brother and sister Melanie, who lives in Bristol.’
    • ‘At just 150 metres from the beach this fourth floor studio would make a great pied-à-terre or sound rental investment.’
    • ‘It seems that most people buying abroad would like to have a place in Spain and one in somewhere like Barbados, as well as keeping a pied-à-terre here.’
    • ‘Until then, successful entrepreneurs will prefer a rain-soaked pied-à-terre in Brussels to that sunny villa in Aix.’
    • ‘My imagination is once again flashing with vulgar status symbols: yachts, a £30,000 watch made of diamonds and precious metals; a pied-à-terre in London, a fat car with real-leather smell.’
    • ‘Here is the perfect pied-à-terre located on a delightful wisteria-adorned pedestrian passage.’
    • ‘He also maintains a pied-à-terre in Manhattan for visits to the city, but these days he rarely takes the trip into town.’
    • ‘A glaring lack of checks on those registering to vote at both a city pied-à-terre and a country pile has left the system open to abuse, they argue.’
    • ‘It's a commercial buy-to-let and a pied-à-terre designed to appeal to the corporate traveller.’
    • ‘‘I don't like the act of writing for long periods of time,’ she says, half-reclining on a divan in her lofty Manhattan pied-à-terre, dressed in a white T-shirt, black cardigan and flowing black trousers.’
    • ‘Standing in the garden of the owner's cottage, the small annexe to the Cottage offers a very attractive and well appointed pied-à-terre for a couple wishing to explore this unspoilt part of Southern England.’
    home, house, flat, apartment, a roof over one's head
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Early 19th century: French, literally ‘foot to earth’.