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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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 And Bon Jovi was the last band to play for a full house Sunday night. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: Bon Jovi sends Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center out with a bang," 29 Apr. 2018 Republicans on the committee and in the full House of Representatives are eager to put the Capitol Hill investigations to rest, according to people familiar with the matter, citing the coming midterm election season. Byron Tau, WSJ, "House Intelligence Panel Wraps Up Russia Probe Interviews," 12 Mar. 2018 After Lopez’s case ended in a mistrial, she was released to Crosspoint, an East Side halfway house and substance abuse treatment center, on full house arrest and with a GPS monitor strapped to her ankle. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Witness jailed for more than five months," 31 May 2018 Last week, the full House Armed Services Committee endorsed the Nuclear Posture Review, but with Democrats overwhelmingly voting against it. David E. Sanger And William J. Broad, BostonGlobe.com, "As US demands nuclear disarmament, it moves to expand its arsenal," 15 May 2018 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

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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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