dwell·​ing | \ ˈdwe-liŋ How to pronounce dwelling (audio) \

Definition of dwelling

: a shelter (such as a house) in which people live

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Examples of dwelling in a Sentence

the simple dwellings in which the Pilgrims spent the first winter at Plymouth
Recent Examples on the Web Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency medical technician, was killed in her apartment after plainclothes officers entered her dwelling using a no-knock warrant as part of a narcotics investigation. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Officer involved in fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor to be fired," 19 June 2020 Officers determined that the music was coming from the second floor of a dwelling on Warrensville Center Road. cleveland, "Man damages cars in Whole Foods parking lot: University Heights Police Blotter," 17 June 2020 Avrea noted that the single floor dwelling is a flexible and accessible layout. Dallas News, "Take a look at a rare four-bedroom, two-kitchen Ritz-Carlton residence that’s due for auction," 12 June 2020 This dwelling, built in 1893, has two kitchens, seven bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and 5,198 square feet of living space including a full basement, with a wine cellar and a separate door to the street. oregonlive, "Who will buy an iconic Irvington B&B? A big family, investor or Airbnb booker?," 10 June 2020 Honor the day with a small gathering at your dwelling. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 6 June 2020 The military order is less restrictive than the requirements for arriving civilian residents and tourists, who are required to stay in a dwelling for 14 days without traveling into the community. USA TODAY, "Fest cancellations, mixed-up results, unemployment slowdown: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2020 This shelter is a dwelling and a water harvester in one. Popular Science, "Fifteen survival shelters that can save your life," 28 May 2020 The Goose Hollow dwelling was built in 2002 and has three bedrooms, four bathrooms and 4,664 square feet of living space. oregonlive, "One-of-a-kind Portland homes for sale: Modern to Mediterranean, floating house to a faux castle," 30 May 2020

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First Known Use of dwelling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dwelling

see dwell

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

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26 Jun 2020

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“Dwelling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwelling. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dwelling

formal : a place where a person lives


dwell·​ing | \ ˈdwe-liŋ \

Kids Definition of dwelling

: a shelter in which a person or an animal lives



Legal Definition of dwelling

: 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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