dwelling

noun dwell·ing

Definition of dwelling

  1. :  a shelter (as a house) in which people live

Examples of dwelling in a sentence

  1. <the simple dwellings in which the Pilgrims spent the first winter at Plymouth>

Origin and Etymology of dwelling

see dwell


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms



DWELLING Defined for English Language Learners

dwelling

noun dwell·ing

Definition of dwelling for English Language Learners

  • : a place where a person lives


DWELLING Defined for Kids

dwelling

noun dwell·ing \ˈdwe-liŋ\

Definition of dwelling for Students

  1. :  a shelter in which a person or an animal lives


Law Dictionary

dwelling

noun dwell·ing

Legal Definition of dwelling

  1. :  a structure where a person lives and especially sleeps —called also dwelling house — see also burglary

Additional Notes on dwelling

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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