gate·​house ˈgāt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce gatehouse (audio)
: a building or house connected or associated with a gate

Examples of gatehouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Challenge brochures with a map of the course can be picked up at the gatehouse or property office. The Indianapolis Star, 20 Mar. 2024 Constructed in 1897, the architecturally significant gatehouse has fallen into disrepair. Journal Sentinel, 30 Jan. 2024 There’s also a caretaker’s home and a gatehouse, along with what marketing materials call the Wellbeing Box, the Pods, the Woolshed, and the Gym. Mark David, Robb Report, 3 Feb. 2024 Joel, direct and low-key, sat at a long table in his gatehouse overlooking Oyster Bay Harbor and took occasional puffs of a fruity vape (a replacement for cigars). Caryn Ganz, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 The cemetery’s ornate Victorian Gothic-style gatehouse came later. Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2024 The medieval structure was built during the 14th century and is known for its exceedingly high gatehouse (about 100 feet tall). Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 31 July 2023 The wooden gatehouse and cellblocks of the Old Lahaina Prison, built in the 1850s to deal with rowdy sailors on shore leave, are gone. Tim Arango, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 Maui fires not just due to climate change but a ‘compound disaster’ Wooden structures – the Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse, the cell blocks and gatehouse at the Old Lahaina Prison – are presumed to be gone. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gatehouse was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gatehouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


gate·​house ˈgāt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce gatehouse (audio)
: a small building near a gate at an entrance (as to a park or gated community)
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