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 In Walbrook, a homeowner who’d set out for the henhouse discovered that one of her chickens had laid an egg on the doorstep, as if to save her a trip to the coop. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, 6 Jan. 2022 On the one hand, the USDA is charged with the oxymoronic double mandate of both promoting and regulating all of American agriculture—two disparate tasks that, when combined, effectively put the fox in charge of the henhouse. Gabriel N. Rosenberg, The New Republic, 27 Dec. 2021 New regulations will be keeping the poultry in the henhouse. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 Will oil and gas foxes be watching Utah’s air quality henhouse? Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 Higher level executives should want to hear about your offering, as the buyer’s suboptimal behavior may suggest the foxes are guarding the henhouse. Andy Gole, Forbes, 18 June 2021 To locals like the Gibsons and others in their camp, the process feels like a fox guarding a henhouse. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2021 To expect the Taliban to police al Qaeda and ISIS is like asking the fox to guard the henhouse. Lindsey Graham And Jack Keane, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2021 But in French Exit, her character, Frances Price, may as well be half fox, with the Upper East Side as her henhouse of choice. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of henhouse

1509, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2022

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“Henhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/henhouse. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of henhouse

: a covered shelter for chickens or other birds

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