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meeting house

or meetinghouse

a house or building for religious worship.
a house of worship for Quakers.
Origin of meeting house
1625-35 Unabridged
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  • In Hampton, the inhabitants were ordered to "nayle the same to a little red oake tree at northeast end of the meeting-house."

    Sabbath in Puritan New England Alice Morse Earle
  • It was Sunday, and he had strolled into a church or meeting-house—does it matter which?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The post went once a week, and was to be carefully published “on the meeting-house door and other public places.”

  • The stocks and the whipping-post stood by the side of the meeting-house.

  • There were several young men and women immersed by the preacher, in a large tank of water, in the middle of the meeting-house.

    Stones of the Temple Walter Field
  • The meeting-house was filled long before the services did begin.

  • Arriving at Hartford on the 31st of October, 1687, Andros found the general assembly in session in the meeting-house.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • Such in substance was the controversy about the location of the meeting-house.

  • They flocked into the meeting-house and looked about them, all with the same expression in their eyes.

    Madelon Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • There were a dozen or more of them who rode from Mr. Cutt's estate to the meeting-house.

    Some Three Hundred Years Ago Edith Gilman Brewster
British Dictionary definitions for meeting-house

meeting house

the place in which certain religious groups, esp Quakers, hold their meetings for worship
(NZ) Also called wharepuni. a large Māori tribal hall
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Word Origin and History for meeting-house

also meetinghouse, 1630s, from meeting (n.) + house (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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