Definition of split-level in English:



  • 1(of a building) having a room or rooms higher than others by less than a whole storey.

    ‘a large split-level house’
    • ‘You have to go to a quiet residential neighborhood and to a split-level house with a kid-sized basketball goal in the driveway.’
    • ‘The fourth split-level building, of five and six storeys, will include a restaurant, offices and a basement car park with 226 spaces.’
    • ‘The split-level store is dedicated to the provision of smart, modern and useful household objects and its mission statement is simple - if you use it in your everyday environment, they sell it.’
    • ‘The first release comprises four-bedroom detached, five-bedroom detached and five-bedroom split-level houses.’
    • ‘He says the problem has been fixed on the upper levels - the kitchen and lounge - but not those affecting the bedrooms in the lower part of the split-level apartment.’
    • ‘When they reached Allison's small split-level house, and knocked on the door, the woman Michael and Faith presumed was Allison's mother answered, staring at both of them.’
    • ‘Standing on one acre of lawned gardens, this three-bedroom bungalow offers modern split-level accommodation.’
    • ‘All the lights seemed to have been turned off in her split-level house, save for the porch light.’
    • ‘I gave her a quick tour around our split-level home before pulling her excitedly up to my room.’
    • ‘She wanted to more than double her income, and she was itching to move out of her 2,400-square-foot split-level home in the suburbs.’
    • ‘This one-bedroom, split-level apartment is in the converted former chapel of Old Connaught House in Rathmichael.’
    • ‘The appetizing aroma of waffles and bacon wafted up from the kitchen down the small stairwell of their split-level house.’
    • ‘The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.’
    • ‘The split-level house comprises 217 square metres of well proportioned accommodation.’
    • ‘The bedrooms are just fantastic, particularly the split-level apartments featuring all mod cons and funky decor, while the food and the service are as excellent as we've come to expect from this upmarket chain.’
    • ‘Renovations completed, the facility reopened in January 2003 and is now housed in a posh, split-level building.’
    • ‘Diane and Paul Brown are hell-bent on creating a cosy environment in this smart split-level restaurant just off the High Street in Dunfermline.’
    • ‘He was born in Jeannette, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh and a neighboring town to Greensburg, where he has lived in the same split-level house since 1972.’
    • ‘After a year and a half, they moved into a three-bedroom, split-level house; the dream they had imagined was beginning to unfold.’
    • ‘Rather, the former TSB branch has been transformed into an airy split-level establishment, with booths cut at artful angles into the rear section.’
    1. 1.1 (of a room) having its floor on two levels.
      • ‘To the right of the entrance hall, the large split-level dining room has a sunroom area to the front.’
      • ‘Step down into the split-level living-room area with its corner sofa that directs your gaze out over your balcony to the Ochil hills beyond.’
      • ‘The 29 bedrooms - some set on a split-level - have commanding views over the local hills.’
      • ‘It includes a split-level reception area, a family room, utility area, kitchen/breakfast room, four bedrooms and a bathroom.’
      • ‘The main reception room is a split-level lounge and dining area.’
      • ‘Of note is the split-level family room which has patio doors leading on to the terrace.’
      • ‘She describes the open-plan, split-level lobby as an indoor park, drawing in passers-by to use the sales area and cafe, attend a reception or descend to a performance in the basement black box.’
      • ‘Clubbers bopped on the open air, split-level dance floor until the early hours of the morning.’
      • ‘The reception hall is a bright, split-level area with a glass ceiling, alabaster wall lights, a soapstone log-effect gas fire and a cloaks cupboard with latticed doors and ornate wrought-iron handles.’
      • ‘In this case the room is split-level, with a very high ceiling making the most of magnificent beams.’
      • ‘This includes walnut flooring and electronics to control everything from the living flame gas fires in each split-level lounge area to the electric curtains on the windows.’
  • 2(of a cooker) having the oven and hob in separately installed units.

    • ‘Additional features include an integrated split-level oven and microwave and plumbing for a dishwasher.’


  • A split-level building.

    • ‘I would like to think that an idealist flame does burn in every American split-level, that every day American life is shaped by grand metaphysical visions, a holy sense of mission…’
    • ‘After a few more steps they reached a room slightly higher than the others in the house, a bit like a split-level.’
    • ‘She points out, though, that because the properties are all split-level, they are easy to convert into self-contained living spaces.’
    • ‘Situated on substantial private grounds with potential for an additional house, this as new split-level is in impeccable order throughout.’
    • ‘‘It's a difficult type to work with because it's so poorly constructed, and the room sizes are way too small,’ says Lane Williams, AIA, a Seattle architect who says he tries to avoid split-levels.’
    • ‘Longtime neighbors embraced the same-sex couples who were shelling out thousands of dollars to fix mansions and split-levels once built by aristocrats of European descendants.’
    • ‘The majority of the 1960s era split-levels and two-storey boxes have either been torn down or have red-and-white redevelopment signs posted in front of them.’
    • ‘‘They're just small,’ says Robert Gerloff, who's written booklets on remodeling Capes, ranches, and split-levels.’
    • ‘Another important decision will be whether you want a two-story, a ranch or a split-level.’
    • ‘In the process of designing the ultimate split-level, players sometimes learn a few things about their own lives.’
    • ‘Throughout the community, crisp new row houses are sprouting alongside aging split-levels.’
    • ‘Fifty years ago this scorn was directed at suburban split-levels.’
    • ‘Through the veiled windshield, clumped with white, Zip makes out your basic prefab split-level - a cheaper and less cared-for version of his own.’
    • ‘A friend of mine, newly married and expecting a baby, moved out of her urban condo and into a '60s split-level in the suburbs.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, since that day all the acreage around their place has been divvied up into little parcels that sprouted split-levels, fake brick fronts and emerald chem-lawn.’
    • ‘My friends lived in converted barns, old farmhouses, custom-built Victorians, bungalows, split-levels - even a geodesic dome.’
    • ‘Gradually, the older Townsend children had moved out and gone to college, now there was only Katie and her 15 year old sister, Mary, living in the blue split-level on Logan Avenue, with two spare rooms.’
    • ‘There was a strange woman, the neighbors called ‘the cat lady,’ who had moved into a brick split-level ranch just across the road from me.’