glass·​house ˈglas-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce glasshouse (audio)
: a place where glass is made
chiefly British : greenhouse
British : a military prison

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Example Sentences

a glasshouse for growing tropical plants
Recent Examples on the Web The 1,518-square-foot glasshouse is meant to resemble a flower opening its petals, hinting at the flora and fauna housed inside. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 12 July 2022 The indoor galleries lead into a glasshouse with a stunning, suspended 100-foot-long sculpture in vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 30 June 2022 Like those electric trucks, the smaller Volta Zero EVs feature airy, glasshouse-style cabs and a seating position that's lower than comparable trucks with internal combustion engines. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 1 May 2022 There is a large glasshouse to invite natural light in what is otherwise a small space and the roof is finished in glossy noir to add to the tech gadget aesthetic. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 The panoramic roof brings in natural light, while the low beltline and tall glasshouse further contribute to a sense of wellbeing in the cabin. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 It’s as though each business lives in a glasshouse. Jill Standish, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Glasshouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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