full house

noun
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 Some families are dealing with having a full house and managing young children with school and work in the same space, while others may be experiencing isolation for the first time. Yadira Sanchez Olson, chicagotribune.com, "Year in review: COVID-19 pandemic’s toll includes 700 Lake County deaths and increased anxiety, stress, addiction," 30 Dec. 2020 For months now, Sharnell Blevins has had a full house. Anchorage Daily News, "A season of disappointment and depression as COVID-19 rages into holidays," 15 Nov. 2020 For months now, Sharnell Blevins has had a full house. Anchorage Daily News, "A season of disappointment and depression as COVID-19 rages into holidays," 15 Nov. 2020 For months now, Sharnell Blevins has had a full house. Los Angeles Times, "A season of disappointment and depression as COVID-19 rages into holidays," 14 Nov. 2020 After scrambling for running backs last season, Fisher has a full house. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Texas A&M scrambled for RBs last season. Now the CFP-contending Aggies have a triple option at the position," 11 Dec. 2020 If Lovers Rock conveys the cinematic power of a full house, The Nest does the same for an empty one. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The 10 Best Films of 2020," 10 Dec. 2020 In normal times, this November would have brought Chesa’s first chance to serve his Spanish takes on classic Thanksgiving dishes, perhaps to a full house. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Alone in the kitchen: Portland restaurants adjust to a Thanksgiving like no other," 18 Nov. 2020 The top manager at a hotel in Savannah, Georgia, the 46-year-old was preparing for a full house as visitors converged on the city to participate in its renowned St. Patrick’s Day celebration. NBC News, "Latest jobs report shows long-term unemployment still on the rise, worrying economists," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of full house

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Full house.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20house. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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full house

noun

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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