hen·​house | \ ˈhen-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce henhouse (audio) \

Definition of henhouse

: a house or shelter for fowl

Examples of henhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opponents argue that Prop 22 is like letting a fox guard the henhouse. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "The Future Of Work Is On The Ballot In California," 30 Oct. 2020 Full of a sense of accomplishment as well as a good lunch, Smith sat down and wrote to a fellow magazine hack settled in Maine, describing the henhouse and life at his summer paradise. Robert Messenger, WSJ, "‘Chickens, Gin, and a Maine Friendship’ Review: Beware the Henhouse," 16 June 2020 Created by artist Lowell Davis, 5-acre Fox Fire Farm has a vegetable garden and 20 outbuildings, including a henhouse and greenhouse. TheWeek, "6 homes perfect for growing your own food," 17 May 2020 Letting politicians manipulate voting maps is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. oregonlive, "Independent redistricting commission supporters launch Oregon signature gathering campaign," 13 May 2020 Nanang Zainuddin, 37, runs a small kitchen around the corner from Mr. Karanawi’s henhouse. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "To Make This Tofu, Start by Burning Toxic Plastic," 14 Nov. 2019 This particular fox continues to guard a henhouse crammed with students battling soaring debts, a crushing burden that harms the entire economy. BostonGlobe.com, "held DeVos in contempt," 27 Oct. 2019 Like a fox in the henhouse or a megalomaniac in Washington, D.C., Netflix arrived on the scene as a fringe player with lofty ambitions and little in-industry support. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "How Netflix Transformed the Peak TV Terrain in the 2010s," 19 Dec. 2019 But beyond that, the film shows the dangers of letting the fox guard the henhouse. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "True-life legal thriller ‘Dark Waters’ serves as a warning similar shoals may lie ahead," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of henhouse

1509, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2020

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“Henhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/henhouse. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of henhouse

: a covered shelter for chickens or other birds

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