Definition of maisonette in US English:



  • A set of rooms for living in, typically on two stories of a larger building and with its own entrance from outside.

    • ‘My first home was a three-bedroom maisonette in upper Sea Point.’
    • ‘So far their plans have got no further than deciding to move from their council maisonette in Chidlow Avenue.’
    • ‘The situation improved when the council cleared unpopular maisonettes and private developers built new homes.’
    • ‘Two firefighters, in breathing apparatus, entered the maisonette to find the main lounge room alight.’
    • ‘We live in a two-bedroom maisonette with no garden, and it's hard to get out of the cycle.’
    • ‘I live in a maisonette with no garden but I have been able to get the kids out the house by coming here.’
    • ‘Tulle Court, built in the 1970s, comprises 54 homes of one, two and three-bedroom flats and maisonettes.’
    • ‘The company says most of the two and three-bedroom apartments and maisonettes were bought by a wide variety of people.’
    • ‘And from the maisonette to the mansion, the pressure to make it all happen falls on women.’
    • ‘However, residents of flats and maisonettes can also do much to improve the security of their homes.’
    • ‘These may include creating maisonettes with ground-floor bedrooms and living rooms above, where they will receive more light.’
    • ‘Marty Phelan MCC informed the meeting that there are 35 new houses including maisonettes to be built at new line.’
    • ‘These comprise eight maisonettes and two penthouse apartments as well as 12 parking spaces.’
    • ‘But despite his marriage and his supposedly settled family life in a council maisonette, he had yet to receive a passport.’
    • ‘In the maisonnette, at the ground floor there is a dining room with a kitchen, living room and bathroom.’
    • ‘A young mother living in the maisonette next door only had time to grab her two children before fleeing.’
    • ‘For your accommodation needs when you visit Pelion, we have a fine selection of maisonettes to let.’
    • ‘The road, built 27 years ago, is a small, peaceful cul-de-sac mostly containing council-owned flats and maisonettes.’
    • ‘Next month they will have to move out of their two-bedroom maisonette in Elm Tree Gardens which they have had on a short-term tenancy.’
    • ‘The development includes 12 apartments, 38 semi-detached houses, five town houses, 12 maisonettes, and two detached houses.’


Late 18th century: from French maisonnette, diminutive of maison ‘house’.