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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If the Committee does recommend articles of impeachment, the full House will vote on them. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Schrödinger’s Impeachment," 16 Sep. 2019 Still, after the visiting Huskies (1-2) inched ahead 41-37 with 3:21 to play, no one in the full house left. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cathedral Catholic knocks off nationally ranked Corona Centennial," 6 Sep. 2019 Bills not voted on in committee never move to the full House or Senate for further consideration. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "How the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature failed to act on former Gov. John Kasich’s gun reform bills," 6 Aug. 2019 The full House and Senate voted almost unanimously Monday to adopt the plan. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawmakers largely followed Baker’s lead to reach compromise to curb drug costs," 22 July 2019 Northam wants the legislation to be voted on by the full House and Senate, instead of the usual practice of killing the bills in committees, but prospects seem dim. Del. Washington Post, "Gun debate hits full throttle in Richmond as legislature convenes," 9 July 2019 House and Senate have agreed to create an eight-person working group to hear testimony and make recommendations to the full House and Senate. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "The Alaska Legislature has passed an operating budget — what’s next?," 11 June 2019 Seven months into the session, there have already been seven hearings on cannabis, a marijuana banking bill passed a key committee, and the full House adopted a far-reaching amendment to block federal interference in state legalization laws. Marijuana Moment, BostonGlobe.com, "This is the most marijuana-friendly Congress in history," 5 Aug. 2019 Along with former Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, less than a third of the full House publicly supports impeachment. Luke Johnson, Fortune, "House Judiciary Committee Chair Sketches Out Trump Impeachment Timeline as Caucus Support Grows," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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