gate·​house | \ ˈgāt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce gatehouse (audio) \

Definition of gatehouse

: a building or house connected or associated with a gate

Examples of gatehouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additional features include a pool house, a two-story five-room gatehouse, terraces, fountains, a tennis court and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2021 Various structures, including two guesthouses, a pool house and a two-story gatehouse, tack on an extra 7,000 square feet. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2021 At one of them the station’s commandant emerged from his gatehouse to check out our bikes and took a liking to my fly rod. Nate Matthews, Field & Stream, 7 Dec. 2020 There’s a gatehouse, stable and maintenance headquarters. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 27 Oct. 2020 The gatehouse at a concrete-recycling facility has two windows that glow into the night like eyes, suggesting a human presence but without revealing one. Steven Litt, cleveland, 27 Sep. 2020 The property's one-bedroom guesthouse, located nearby, was painted to match the main home's aesthetic, while the entry gatehouse with two apartments is a bold red. Eric Todisco,, 3 Sep. 2020 Wedged between the Koʻolau mountains that jut 1,300 feet into the sky and a stunning turquoise ocean, the beachfront estate sprawled across 3 acres, featuring a five-bedroom manse, gatehouse, boat house and tennis courts. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, 15 Aug. 2020 Then thought to be part of a castle gatehouse, the ruins were later identified as part of a surprisingly large building. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of gatehouse

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Gatehouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gatehouse

: a small building near a gate at the entrance of a park, large house, etc.


gate·​house | \ ˈgāt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce gatehouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of gatehouse

: a small building near a gate


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