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)

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Recent Examples on the Web Spevak, who owns Orange Splot, which designs and builds cohousing and other small communities, spoke of the mismatch between houses and resident needs. oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2021 Despite this affinity and more than a decade of work, the root system of North American Jewish cohousing remains shallow. Rachelle Stein-wotten,, 18 Nov. 2020 Alissa Ballot, 64, is planning to leave her 750-square-foot apartment in downtown Chicago and put down roots in a multigenerational cohousing community where neighbors typically share dining and recreation areas and often help one another. Judith Graham, CNN, 17 Sep. 2020 A decade or so ago, the [then-editor of Cookie magazine] discussed her and her in-laws' cohousing arrangement. Washington Post, 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, 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,, 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,, 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of cohousing

1988, in the meaning defined above

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“Cohousing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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