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[mez-uh-neen, mez-uh-neen] /ˈmɛz əˌnin, ˌmɛz əˈnin/

the lowest balcony or forward part of such a balcony in a theater.
a low story between two other stories of greater height in a building, especially when the low story and the one beneath it form part of one composition; an entresol.
/ˈmɛzəˌniːn; ˈmɛtsəˌniːn/
Also called mezzanine floor, entresol. an intermediate storey, esp a low one between the ground and first floor of a building
(theatre, US & Canadian) the first balcony
(theatre, Brit) a room or floor beneath the stage
of or relating to an intermediate stage in a financial process: mezzanine funding Often shortened to mezz

1711, “a low story between two tall ones in a building,” from French mezzanine (17c.), from Italian mezzanino, from mezzano “middle,” from Latin medianus “of the middle,” from medius (see medial (adj.)). Sense of “lowest balcony in a theater” first recorded 1927.


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