October 23, 2013
mezzanine (noun)
\MEZ-uh-neen\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a story between two main stories of a building often in the form of a balcony2 : the lowest balcony in a theater or its first few rows
How do you use it?
From our seats in the mezzanine, we could see and hear the concert perfectly.
Are you a word wiz?

"Mezzanine" traces back to the Latin word "medianus." Which of the following do you think is one of the correct meanings of "medianus"?

The Latin word "medianus" means "middle" or "median." Other words that trace back to "medianus" are "mean" and the word "median" itself. The "mean" we're talking about here isn't the one meaning "not nice," nor the one meaning "to have the meaning of." It's the "mean" that refers to a middle point between two extremes, among other things. "Median" refers both to a line drawn from the vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side, and to a value in a series arranged from smallest to largest below and above which there are an equal number of values, or which is the average of the two middle values if there is no middle value. Here's an example: the median of the set 1, 3, 7, 12, 19 is 7; the median of the set 2, 5, 7, 15 is 6.
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