- The definition of a maisonette is a British term for a self-contained living space or apartment. It is usually part of a larger house, extends over two stories and has its own entrance.
A two-story apartment on the back of a larger house is an example of a maisonette.
maisonette definition by Webster's New World
- a small house; cottage
- an apartment, esp. a duplex apartment
Origin: French diminutive of maison, house ; from Classical Latin mansio: see mansion
maisonette definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Chiefly British
- A small house.
- An apartment occupying two or more floors of a larger building and often having its own entrance from outside.
Origin: French maisonnette, diminutive of maison, house, dwelling, from Old French, from Latin mānsiō, mānsiōn-; see mansion.