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A large new house, usually constructed as part of a suburban development and characterized by ostentation rather than quality of workmanship or architectural distinction.

[Mc(Donald's), trademark of a fast-food restaurant chain (from its mass-produced nature) + mansion.]


(Architecture) informal derogatory a large modern house considered to look mass-produced, lacking in distinguishing characteristics, and at variance with established local architecture
[C20: a corruption of McDonald's, a major American fast-food enterprise noted for the ubiquity of its restaurants]
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The real estate in Active Worlds--as in the newer, more popular Second Life--tends to channel users' McMansion fantasies; Angelidakis's pavilions, on the other hand, blatantly disregarded real-world requirements.
Of course, that all changed in the 1980s, '90s and into this decade as the McMansion boom really took hold.
Do they really think every American (or global citizen) can have three tv's, two cars, air conditioning and a McMansion full of plastic toys?
Obtuse underwriting standards for McMansion loans are not subprime loans.
In the wake of the row over the "McJob" label, McMansion - a large modern house considered to look mass-produced - has now made it into the dictionary.
The kids of those Baby Boomers are too busy living, attempting to get from under the sub-prime rate mortgage for that McMansion and setting up college funds for the kids that they waited to have until they were 35.
Whether it be latte courtyards in private girls' schools or the humble McMansion,West sets about revealing the secret lives of a class that dare not speak its name.
We live in a rural farming community that is quickly becoming a McMansion outcropping.
Today, practically everyone in the middle class is building a McMansion, or at least wants to.
The Government has committed to ensuring these homes are not McMansion suburbs but a mixture of higher density homes with local shops and transport links.
Other candidates: starter castle (10), a dotcommer's first house, and McMansion (6), a big new home in incredibly bad taste.
I'm staying in the McMansion this week - our name for the really plush pad housing 20 of the guys on our team from back home, and obviously a reference to Conor McGregor.