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[gahrd-hous] /ˈgɑrdˌhaʊs/
noun, plural guardhouses
[gahrd-hou-ziz] /ˈgɑrdˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a building used for housing military personnel on guard duty.
a building used for the temporary detention of military prisoners.
Origin of guardhouse
1585-95; guard + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We sat for hours before a mid-level official in the management of the compound arrived at the guardhouse.
  • Note also the guardhouse in the center of what was probably originally intended to be a public street.
  • Across the railroad tracks from the guardhouse a commissary house once stood.
  • Photographs and first hand accounts of life at the boarding school are exhibited throughout the guardhouse.
  • Was a four acre post with blockhouse, guardhouse, and magazine.
  • From the dock to the citadel, attackers had to get through the guardhouse.
  • The brick guardhouse still stands and houses exhibits, but only ruins remain of the other prison buildings.
  • Immediately after you drive through the entranceway, you will come to a guardhouse.
  • The only original remaining structure is the frame guardhouse.
  • The first guardhouse, built in the center of the fort, stood too high and was blown over by fierce winds.
British Dictionary definitions for guardhouse


(military) a building serving as the headquarters or a post for military police and in which military prisoners are detained
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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