noun, often attributive
co·​hous·​ing | \ (ˌ)kō-ˈhau̇-ziŋ How to pronounce cohousing (audio) \

Definition of cohousing

: semi-communal housing consisting of a cluster of private homes and a shared community space (as for cooking or laundry facilities)

Examples of cohousing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A decade or so ago, the [then-editor of Cookie magazine] discussed her and her in-laws' cohousing arrangement. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Criticism is an unwelcome addition to multigenerational household," 10 Aug. 2020 There is also a growing movement in senior housing known as cohousing, in which homeowners have their own units but share a common living space and other resources. Julie Halpert, WSJ, "Retirement Communities Lure Boomers With Eco-Friendly Message," 22 Apr. 2018 There’s also senior cohousing, in which older adults choose to live in the same house, same building, or same neighborhood and share expenses and services, such as rides to doctors and home repair. Erin Arvedlund,, "Atul Gawande, author of 'Being Mortal,' to speak on senior 'villages' as movement turns 15," 21 Sep. 2017 But for some, identifying those challenges and knowing that others have overcome them is just more incentive to create a cohousing opportunity. Jill Sell,, "Experts discuss cohousing in northeast Ohio," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of cohousing

1988, in the meaning defined above

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22 Aug 2020

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“Cohousing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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