dwelling

noun dwell·ing

Definition of dwelling

:a shelter (such 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

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Origin and Etymology of dwelling

see dwell

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DWELLING Defined for English Language Learners

dwelling

noun

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

:a shelter in which a person or an animal lives

Law Dictionary

dwelling

noun dwell·ing

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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