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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Many of the proposals have bipartisan support and grew out of a series of hearings held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which approved 57 opioid bills and sent them to the full House for consideration. Editors, USA TODAY, "President Trump and Kim Jong Un sign document at historic summit," 12 June 2018 The bill was approved by a House committee but never brought before the full House for debate. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Parson voted to outlaw LGBT discrimination. Would he sign that law as governor?," 7 June 2018 From the outset, Bridgewater took possession of the full breadth of the stage, wending her way from one end to the other, turning around to address the audience in the terrace seating behind her and otherwise drawing a full house into her embrace. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Dee Dee Bridgewater embraces her Memphis soul," 2 June 2018 The bill still needs passage in the full House and Senate and the governor’s signature to become law. Betsy Z. Russell, idahostatesman, "Marijuana-derived oil could be legal in Idaho, if House member’s bill successful | Idaho Statesman," 23 Feb. 2018 That night's closing performance boasted an almost full house. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "The redawning of Aquarius: Beck's 'Hair' a shining, gleaming and relevant reflection (review)," 16 Feb. 2018 Media: Houston Chronicle On Sunday night, a full house of Stuttering Association for Young supporters, Astros fans and media stars packed into the bowling alley-slash-nightclub. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer's fourth annual All-Star Bowling Benefit raises record $250K for youth who stutter," 10 July 2018 Not that the less than full house affected the 100 minute show. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Carrie Underwood opens the new Hard Rock on comeback weekend in Atlantic City," 30 June 2018 In the end, a statement of support from the church for the LoveLoud concert led to a full house of 20,000 on Aug. 26, 2017, at Utah Valley University’s ballpark. Steve Appleford, latimes.com, "Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds' talks about his documentary `Believer' about his Mormon upbringing," 23 June 2018

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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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