guard·​house | \ ˈgärd-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce guardhouse (audio) \

Definition of guardhouse

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 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 Videos on the internet, apparently filmed by onlookers from buildings across the street from the French embassy, showed the gunman inside the guardhouse. Reuters, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 The 15,350 square feet is reported to have amenities like an outdoor theater, a guardhouse, a home gym, and two separate guestroom apartments. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 25 Aug. 2021 Security at the property is tight, and those working at the guardhouse reportedly know each member by sight. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 8 Apr. 2021 Other highlights of the find, according to the Post, include a storehouse or guardhouse’s brick cellar, a trigger guard for a musket, and a 4,500-year-old quartzite arrowhead. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2021 Watson allegedly made a U-turn and began firing a gun at the group, prompting them to seek shelter in the bulletproof guardhouse, the victims reported. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 27 Feb. 2021 His new place accounts for three of those acres and features a single-story main house, a three-story guesthouse and a guardhouse. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2021 In addition to space for trucks to dock and unload, plans call for a guardhouse, office space, fueling station, a maintenance shop and nearly 2,200 parking spaces. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of guardhouse

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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22 Oct 2021

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“Guardhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guardhouse

: a building for soldiers who are watching something (such as an entrance)


guard·​house | \ ˈgärd-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce guardhouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of guardhouse

1 : a building used as a headquarters by soldiers on guard duty
2 : a military jail

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