dwell·​ing ˈdwe-liŋ How to pronounce dwelling (audio)
: a shelter (such as a house) in which people live

Examples of dwelling in a Sentence

the simple dwellings in which the Pilgrims spent the first winter at Plymouth
Recent Examples on the Web The mixed-use zone allows for up to 73 dwelling units per acre. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2024 When a person enters a dwelling unlawfully—which is trespassing—with an intent to commit a crime, that elevates the crime of trespassing to burglary, which is a felony. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 6 June 2024 For now, the housing market is still in its traditional spring selling season, when Americans typically shop for homes while families try to secure a new dwelling before the start of the next school year. Jason Ma, Fortune, 2 June 2024 There’s plenty of room to build a pool or accessory dwelling unit, or ADU. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for dwelling 

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Word History


see dwell

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dwelling was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dwelling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwelling. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a shelter in which people live : house

Legal Definition


: a structure where a person lives and especially sleeps

called also dwelling house

see also burglary

Note: Courts disagree as to how permanent or consistent the habitation of a structure must be in order for it to be considered a dwelling, but most courts agree that a dwelling includes its curtilage.

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