full house

noun
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of full house

plural full houses
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

  1. a singer performing before a full house

  2. A hand with three kings and two tens is a full house.

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First Known Use of full house

1701

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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Definition of full house for English Language Learners

  • : 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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