guardhouse

noun

guard·​house ˈgärd-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce guardhouse (audio)
1
: a building occupied by a guard or used as a headquarters by soldiers on guard duty
2
: a military jail

Examples of guardhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officials also plan to extend the airport’s buffer zone, currently being guarded by members of the Armed Forces in the makeshift guardhouses made from shipping containers. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 17 May 2024 Next door, Oates uncovered a large edifice with a massive basalt threshold and thick walls, entered by passing through two small rooms, perhaps guardhouses. Andrew Lawler, Discover Magazine, 19 Mar. 2010 Altogether, the compound features a total of 12 bedrooms and a whopping 24 bathrooms split between a main house, a 5,000-square-foot guest penthouse, a caretaker’s cottage, and a guardhouse. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 1 June 2023 Alice passes out there, dead drunk in the guardhouse — and wakes up in her childhood bed on her 16th birthday. Ellen Akins, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 The theme continues with a tall guardhouse with a curved rail across the roof. Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2022 After parachuting in, they were met at the guardhouse by bayonet-wielding Japanese soldiers who attempted to take them prisoner. Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2022 Members of the City Council’s Building, Zoning and Economic Development Committee approved the plans for the first phase of the development which includes 169 lots of housing, a grand entrance, a guardhouse and an 18,000-square-foot amenity center. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, 28 Jan. 2022 To stretch the metaphor once again, forget the guardhouse, the guards, the crown jewels and The Tower of London altogether. David Benjamin and David Komlos, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of guardhouse was in 1592

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“Guardhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guardhouse. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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guardhouse

noun
guard·​house ˈgärd-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce guardhouse (audio)
1
: a building occupied by a guard or used as a headquarters by soldiers on guard duty
2
: a military jail

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