hide·​out ˈhīd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hideout (audio)
plural hideouts
: a place of refuge, retreat, or concealment
a criminal's secret hideout

Examples of hideout in a Sentence

police found the stolen jewels under the floorboards in the thief's hideout, a cabin deep in the woods
Recent Examples on the Web Investigating one of the Flame's hideouts reveals drawings of red humanoid figures with white eyes and fangs — not so dissimilar from the Carnage of the comics. EW.com, 27 Oct. 2023 Escobar was killed at age 44 by local authorities in Medellín, Colombia, in 1993 after his hideout was discovered. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 20 Dec. 2023 Tehran has accused Jaish al-Adl of carrying out attacks across the border inside Iran, alleging that Pakistan provides hideouts for the group and other militants known for high-profile attacks against the Iranian military -- claims which Islamabad denies. Habibullah Khan, ABC News, 20 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, the latest addition to the Okavango Delta in Botswana will offer a similar hideout: Atzaró sits in the game-rich Moremi Reserve on the southern edges, with access to both the savannah and the delta. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 6 Jan. 2024 At least 50 women and children hostages will be released over four days, the statement said, during which there will be a pause in fighting as the hostages surface from the group’s hideouts and underground warrens in Gaza where they have been held. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 The Urus could not have asked for a better hideout. Tim Brinkhof, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2023 Why does this rich couple have a secret hideout that can only be locked from the outside? Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 31 Oct. 2023 Animals in torpor are still awake most of the time and sometimes leave their hideout to pee and poop, stretch out in the sunshine on a sunny day, and have a little snack. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 6 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hideout was in 1885

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“Hideout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hideout. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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hide·​out ˈhī-ˌdau̇t How to pronounce hideout (audio)
: a secret place for hiding

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