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[pley-hous] /ˈpleɪˌhaʊs/
noun, plural playhouses
[pley-hou-ziz] /ˈpleɪˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a theater.
a small house for children to play in.
a toy house.
Origin of playhouse
1590-1600; play + house; compare Old English pleghūs, as gloss of Latin theātrum theater Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for playhouse
Contemporary Examples
  • It left court-watchers wondering if the child's body might have first been stored inside the playhouse.

Historical Examples
  • However, she was back at the playhouse next month, jeered at by the graceful Buckhurst and as poor as ever.

  • It is a dear of a cottage, and Peggy and I call it the playhouse.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • To build the same of such large compass, form, wideness, and height as the playhouse called the Swan.

    Shakespearean Playhouses Joseph Quincy Adams
  • It was a rather silent party which had tea on the porch of the playhouse.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • For anomalies and uncharacteristic episodes in Napoleon's career we must go to books; the playhouse is not the place for them.

    Play-Making William Archer
  • And now big Ben, at an even trot, carried Richard to the playhouse.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • The front of the house is open like a doll's playhouse, and we can see through to the garden beyond.

    Brooks's Readers, Third Year Stratton D. Brooks
  • Beulah at the playhouse had her first square meal, and smiled back at Eric.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • To the King's playhouse, and there saw the 'Surprizall;' and a disorder in the pit by its raining in from the cupola at top.

    The Town Leigh Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for playhouse


a theatre where live dramatic performances are given
a toy house, small room, etc, for children to play in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for playhouse

late Old English pleghus; see play (n.) + house (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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