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playhouse

[pley-hous] /ˈpleɪˌhaʊs/
noun, plural playhouses
[pley-hou-ziz] /ˈpleɪˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a theater.
2.
a small house for children to play in.
3.
a toy house.
Origin of playhouse
1590-1600
1590-1600; play + house; compare Old English pleghūs, as gloss of Latin theātrum theater
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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.

  • Colds caught at this season are The Companion to the playhouse.

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

    Shakespearean Playhouses Joseph Quincy Adams
  • I was in the playhouse one night when Cà Ira was called for.

  • 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
  • There was a balcony from which you could look down on the dancers as from the gallery of a playhouse.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • 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
  • The first passage cited may refer to the playhouse at Newington Butts.

    Shakespearean Playhouses Joseph Quincy Adams
  • 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

playhouse

/ˈpleɪˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
a theatre where live dramatic performances are given
2.
a toy house, small room, etc, for children to play in
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Word Origin and History for playhouse
n.

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

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