glass·​house | \ ˈglas-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce glasshouse (audio) \

Definition of glasshouse

1 : a place where glass is made
2 chiefly British : greenhouse
3 British : a military prison

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for glasshouse


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of glasshouse in a Sentence

a glasshouse for growing tropical plants
Recent Examples on the Web An 18,000 square foot glasshouse holds two unique biomes: The Cloud Forest of Costa Rica and the Spiny Desert of Madagascar. John Pana, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 Every weekend in June, a bit farther uptown, at the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx, the Mark Morris Dance Group offers short pop-up programs on the plaza in front of the glasshouse. Marina Harss, The New Yorker, 7 May 2021 The vestibule of the entrance pavilion sits between the two wings of the glasshouse in what otherwise would be a place of utility. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2020 Discover 350 species of exotic plants and 50 different types of butterflies, birds, amphibians and reptiles from the desert of Madagascar to the rainforest of Costa Rica in the garden’s glasshouse. cleveland, 24 Sep. 2020 About 75,000 hectares of land will be used by 2023 to supply biomass to the facility, while hydroponic tomato grower Katunga Fresh will take power from the project to add more glasshouses to its operation. James Thornhill,, 15 May 2020 The redesigned and replanted central house has been renamed the Tropics to reflect the totality of its flora, and the secondary glasshouses rationalized by specific plant habitats. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2020 This was the central high glasshouse in the heart of the ornate conservatory, built on the southwest side of the U.S. Capitol in the early 1930s. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2020 Enjoy the warmth of spring while the weather is still chilly on the other side of the glasshouse. Luann Gibbs,, 2 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'glasshouse.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of glasshouse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About glasshouse

Time Traveler for glasshouse

Time Traveler

The first known use of glasshouse was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for glasshouse

Last Updated

15 Jul 2021

Cite this Entry

“Glasshouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on glasshouse

Nglish: Translation of glasshouse for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about glasshouse


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!