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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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  • I like to smoke a cigar, but a lady who smells like a guardhouse isn't at all agreeable.

  • A man-at-arms lounged out of the guardhouse to inquire our business.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • He expected that the gates would be opened at once, but they remained locked while the patrol went into the guardhouse to report.

    Winning a Cause John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
  • Thus, by forcing their way into the guardhouse, the friars, brought him into the city.

  • With that scene in the guardhouse to look back on, what might he not dare to hope.

    The Duke of Stockbridge Edward Bellamy
  • He brought out the pistol he'd taken off the captain in the guardhouse.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • The other three sides of the guardhouse appeared to be unwatched.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • She will be overhauled and challenged by the first sentry near the guardhouse, below the wall.

    Clarence Bret Harte
  • Well, will you get up and go to the guardhouse, or have we to carry you there?

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
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
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