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pied-a-terre

PRONUNCIATION:
(pee-ay-duh-TARE)
plural pieds-a-terre (pee-ay-duh-TARE)

MEANING:
noun: A place of lodging for temporary or secondary use.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French pied-à-terre (foot on the ground).

USAGE:
"These days [Arthur Miller] divides his time between his ample farmhouse in Roxbury, Connecticut and the pied-a-terre in New York."
Deborah Solomon; Goodbye (Again), Norma Jean; The New York Times; Sep 19, 2004.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Conscience is a man's compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities when directing one's course by it, one must still try to follow its direction. -Vincent van Gogh, painter (1853-1890)

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