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 And there's always the frightening prospect that wild birds could carry the virus into the henhouses needed in vaccine production. Arthur Allen, CBS News, 29 May 2024 Andy Cohen’s henhouse TV phenomenon has coarsened the idea of womanhood, reducing it to celebrity-wannabes presenting themselves like courtesans in prêt-à-porter versions of Met Gala costumes. Armond White, National Review, 22 May 2024 Despite the olive branch, a top advertising source expressed caution, comparing Netflix’s strategic moves to letting a fox into the henhouse. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Jan. 2024 Around 80 fat Sasso chickens squawk and scratch in his stone henhouse. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2023 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

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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 22 Jul. 2024.

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

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