full house

plural full houses

Definition of full house

1 : a poker hand containing three of a kind and a pair — see poker illustration
2 : a theater, concert hall, etc. that is completely filled with spectators Nevertheless, Into Great Silence played to a full house for two months at one of the city's hippest independent movie theaters.— Michael Boudway

Examples of full house in a Sentence

a singer performing before a full house A hand with three kings and two tens is a full house.

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Coldwell Banker Realtor Melissa Leonard initially posted the full house tour, but all the attention has caused many sites to remove the photos from the listings. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "The Listing For This House Included Photos Of Its 50-Shades Inspired Adult Playroom," 9 Feb. 2019 And Republicans added the measure to full House rules in 1995, according to the Brookings Institution. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Nancy Pelosi’s opponents want term limits for House committee chairs. She might be open to it.," 6 Dec. 2018 But that doesn't guarantee a positive vote in the full House or Senate, where members might hesitate to take up more gambling in the state, especially in an election year. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan can now legalize sports betting. But will it?," 14 May 2018 And, of course, for the jazz-loving first owner, a full house audio system. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Lake Huron home, built by Carhartt granddaughter, rustic and elegant," 5 May 2018 The bill now goes to the full House, and ultimately will need to be reconciled with a parallel bill in the Senate. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "That NASA climate science program Trump axed? House lawmakers just moved to restore it," 17 May 2018 That vote required a simple majority of the caucus, not the full House. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Nancy Pelosi’s Bid to Be Speaker Isn’t Quite a Done Deal," 8 Nov. 2018 That there was considerably less than a full house to watch him do so didn’t faze him. Bill Beuttler, BostonGlobe.com, "Passion and poetry from saxophonist JD Allen," 3 June 2018 She and her husband, who both work at area hospitals, have a full house: Their 27-year-old daughter and her 4-year-old daughter also live in their 3-bedroom home. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "Why are millennials living at home? Housing costs and student debt, for starters," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of full house

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of full house

: a theater or concert hall that is filled with spectators
: a set of cards that a player has in a poker game containing three cards of one value and two cards of another value

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