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gatehouse

[geyt-hous] /ˈgeɪtˌhaʊs/
noun, plural gatehouses
[geyt-hou-ziz] /ˈgeɪtˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a house at or over a gate, used as a gatekeeper's quarters, fortification, etc.
2.
a house or structure at the gate of a dam, reservoir, etc., with equipment or controls for regulating the flow of water.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see gate1, house
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British Dictionary definitions for gatehouse

gatehouse

/ˈɡeɪtˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
a building above or beside an entrance gate to a city, university, etc, often housing a porter or guard, or (formerly) used as a fortification
2.
a small house at the entrance to the grounds of a country mansion
3.
a structure that houses the controls operating lock gates or dam sluices
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Word Origin and History for gatehouse
n.

"house for a gatekeeper," late 14c., from gate (n.) + house (n.).

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