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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
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
  • And when the playhouse folded up and drove off, a screen mounted on the side of the trailer replayed the show for all to see.
  • When the curtains parted to reveal the playhouse, it was as though my eyes had never truly seen color before that moment.
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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