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open house

noun
1.
a party or reception during which anyone who wishes may visit to share in a celebration, meet a special guest, etc.
2.
a time during which a school, institution, etc., is open to the public for exhibition or for some specific occasion.
3.
a house hospitably open to all friends who may wish to visit it.
Idioms
4.
keep open house, to be prepared to entertain visitors at any time:
They keep open house for artists and writers.
Origin of open house
1520-1530
1520-30
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  • A brugaid or beetagh had to keep an open house for travellers who were always welcome, and received bed and food free of charge.

  • That came of sleeping in the fields ‘where God keeps an open house.’

    The Bibliotaph Leon H. Vincent
  • All that gave importance to the centre of society—the hospitable table, the open house—had come to an end with the Doctor.

    Miss Marjoribanks Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
  • Hunting-guests and shooting-guests came and went, and open house was kept.

    A Group of Noble Dames Thomas Hardy
  • The halls of the knights and barons of ancient days were thrown open to all comers, and open house was kept for a fortnight.

    Old English Sports Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • And there was an open house on the island, and they went in.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • Like most of his neighbours, Don Benigno keeps 'open house' in more than one way.

  • This is called a 'loshuis,' or open house, and very picturesque it is to look at.

British Dictionary definitions for open house

open house

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) an occasion on which an institution, such as a school, is open for inspection by the public Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) open day, at-home
2.
keep open house, to be always ready to provide hospitality
3.
(US & NZ) a house available for inspection by prospective buyers
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