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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • The effort to force the door of the meeting-house was unsuccessful.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The post went once a week, and was to be carefully published “on the meeting-house door and other public places.”

  • The rain had ceased when Maurice and Neal, with their charge, left the meeting-house.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • 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
  • That was why his words in the meeting-house were so like a farewell.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • 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
  • Many others besides these two wended their way to the meeting-house that day.

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

    Madelon Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • These clubs may centre in school or meeting-house or have quarters of their own.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
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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