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What does the "rez" in "Rez-de-Chaussee" mean?

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I know the whole term is French for ground floor. But what does the “rez” mean?

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Good question. I didn’t know either. Here’s the etymology:

“A side note: To remember the word rez-de-chaussée, a bit of etymology might be useful. Une chaussée is another word for “road,” and rez is Old French for ras, meaning “flat” or “level” (think of the word “razor”). The ground floor is called le rez-de-chaussée in French because it is level with the road.”

Le rez-de-chaussée – Yabla French – Free French Lessons › lesson-Le-rez-de-chaussée-258

Dutchess_III's avatar

Fascinating. It must be where our word raze comes from.

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