Definition of pied-à-terre noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

pied-à-terre

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌpyeɪd ə ˈtɛr//
 
(pl. pieds-à-terre
NAmE//ˌpyeɪd əˈtɛr//
 
)
(from French)
 
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a small apartment, usually in a city, that you do not live in as your main home but keep for use when necessary They live in Canada but have a pied-à-terre in New York.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pied-à-terre