Mezzanine definition

mĕzə-nēn, mĕzə-nēn
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A low-ceilinged story between two main stories in a building, usually immediately above the ground floor and in the form of a balcony projecting only partly over the floor below it.
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The definition of a mezzanine is the balcony directly above the ground floor.

An example of a mezzanine is a the lowest balcony in a theater.

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A partial story between two main stories of a building.
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The lowest balcony in a theater or the first few rows of that balcony.
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In some theaters, the first few rows of the balcony, separated from the others by an aisle.
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Debt given to middle-market companies that is subordinated to other higher-ranking debt. Typically mezzanine financing is used for buyouts, recapitalizations, or acquisitions, and the amount of the debt often ranges from about $5 million to $25 million. Mezzanine debt also may incorporate stock warrants. Mezzanine financing may be used in the venture capital industry to describe a funding for a company that is beyond the startup stage but is not yet ready for an initial public offering.
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A sub-floor, in between main floors of a building.

On our way to the top floor, we stopped at the mezzanine.

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(engineering) Fulfilling an intermediate or secondary function.

To make interconnections easier, we added a mezzanine PCB.

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Of or relating to securities granting a claim on interest or assets that is subordinate to that of secured and senior debt but above that of equity.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mezzanine
Plural:
mezzanines

Origin of mezzanine

  • French from Italian mezzanino diminutive of mezzano middle from Latin mediānus in the middle median

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Italian mezzanino, from mezzano (“middle"), from Latin medianus.

    From Wiktionary