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.
Recent Examples on the Web Will the leadership bring a contempt resolution to the floor and have the full house vote on it in order to send it to the Department of Justice? Annie Grayer, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 Across the street, while a mob of actors moved in sync down the avenue to a song, Harry’s Burger Bar had a full house. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Dec. 2021 On Friday night, for the first time since Feb. 22, 2020, hockey returns to Pechanga when the Gulls host the Stockton Heat for the team’s home opener in what could be a full house. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 The pendulum has clearly swung back in the favor of their proper recognition, in any case, judging from the rapturous reception of a full house Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl, with a followup to come Wednesday. Chris Willman, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 Since the last time there was a full house at Anfield — in March 2020 — Liverpool has won the league title for the first time in 30 years and relinquished it to Manchester City. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Irving had 39 points and 11 rebounds to quiet the first post-pandemic full house at the TD Garden, and Kevin Durant scored 42 points to give the Brooklyn Nets a 141-126 victory Sunday night and a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. Jimmy Golen, chicagotribune.com, 31 May 2021 The state government has dropped crowd caps at outdoor venues, but MCG organizers aren't expecting a full house. John Pye, ajc, 25 Dec. 2021 Cameras could have captured a full house there as opposed to 75 percent empty seats at Dignity Health. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of full house

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of full house was in 1701

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17 Jan 2022

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“Full house.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20house. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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