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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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Other candidates: starter castle (10), a dotcommer's first house, and McMansion (6), a big new home in incredibly bad taste.
We've succeeded so thoroughly in that dream that the oversupply of starter castles for entry-level monarchs has now cracked the economy.
A well-planned smaller home is becoming favored over 6,000-foot starter castles, (at least by those of us who can't afford a castle).