hen·​house ˈhen-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce henhouse (audio)
: a house or shelter for fowl

Examples of henhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Therefore, the new character is the Big Bad Wolf and Steve's in the henhouse. Nick Romano, EW.com, 16 June 2023 While exploratory for now, Simon's tie-up with Amazon would likely irk many of its tenants, bringing the proverbial fox into the henhouse, not to mention the fact that an Amazon fulfillment center would not increase shopper visits to malls that desperately need them. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2020 Tech guarding the henhouse? Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 25 July 2022 But Frankfurter’s dissent invited the legislative fox to guard its own districting henhouse. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2022 Nothing’s enough for him— a share of eggs and vodka, a seat in the henhouse, monthly visits from virgins and schoolboys. Mira Rosenthal, The New York Review of Books, 1 Dec. 2022 Democracy advocates fear that partisan officials in these roles could stoke unfounded fears of election fraud or worse, prompting concern that the foxes are in the henhouse, so to speak. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, 2 Nov. 2022 That’s apparently what happened over at Henry’s glass henhouse in Dearborn. Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2022 The fox is in the henhouse, ready for a sumptuous meal. WSJ, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1509, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of henhouse was in 1509

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“Henhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/henhouse. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


hen·​house ˈhen-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce henhouse (audio)
: a house or shelter for fowl and especially for domestic chickens

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