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[kleer-ing-hous] /ˈklɪər ɪŋˌhaʊs/
noun, plural clearinghouses
[kleer-ing-hou-ziz] /ˈklɪər ɪŋˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a place or institution where mutual claims and accounts are settled, as between banks.
a central institution or agency for the collection, maintenance, and distribution of materials, information, etc.
Also, clearing house.
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for clearinghouse
  • The state also is compiling a clearinghouse of hazards posed by chemicals under another section of the law.
  • The general rule is to check with the aviation clearinghouse for ash clouds.
  • If a clearinghouse went down, the government would have little choice but to backstop it.
  • There is no clearinghouse to measure the overall increase in applications.
  • It is a new-world clearinghouse for raw material leaked to it by anyone.
  • Needless to say, there is no central clearinghouse for information about the tarp money.
  • She organized an anti-Landmark hot line and publications clearinghouse.
  • Its main tool is a registry that stores music and acts as a global clearinghouse to identify tracks.
  • When brokerages buy and sell futures contracts with each other, the clearinghouse acts as an intermediary.
Word Origin and History for clearinghouse
1832, from clearing + house. The original was established 1775 in London by the bankers for the adjustment of their mutual claims for checks and bills; later the word was extended to similar institutions.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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