One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bachelor's apartment.
- ‘The garçonnières on either end of the house were added in the late nineteenth century.’
- ‘Two dome-roofed garçonnières (separate quarters for guests and/or sons of Creole aristocrats) still stand amid Houmas House's lush greenery.’
- ‘It is these garçonnières that give Ormond its distinctive look.’
- ‘The central portion of the house was built 1787-90, and the wings, or garçonnières, were added about 1812.’
French, from garçon ‘boy’.
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