noun, plural clearinghouses [kleer-ing-hou-ziz] .
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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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