hide·​out | \ ˈhīd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hideout (audio) \
plural hideouts

Definition of hideout

: 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 Another time, the restaurant even became a hideout. Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 After tracking down the man's small hideout apartment, OUR called upon Hidu. Emma Becker, PEOPLE.com, 21 June 2022 Some of them are lawmakers who sided with his effort to overturn an honest election only to huddle in fear with everyone else in a Capitol hideout when the rioters swarmed the Capitol in service of that goal. Calvin Woodward, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2022 Even a hot spring in a cave, Reza’s nearly metaphysical hideaway for consolation and contemplation, must become a hideout for concocting cold-blooded machinations. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 June 2022 Your hideout in Amsterdam was reported at the time to the Jüdische Auswanderung [Jewish Emigration] in Amsterdam, Euterpestraat, by A. van den Bergh, a resident at the time at Vondelpark, O Nassaulaan. Ruth Franklin, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2022 Bin Laden was killed in a 2011 raid by U.S. forces on his compound hideout in Pakistan. Arkansas Online, 8 May 2022 Sugar kelp’s translucent amber ribbons provide a hideout for marine life, which generate all the fertilizer the kelp needs. Carol Leonetti Dannhauser, Hartford Courant, 27 May 2022 One of the most enduring of those mysteries is exactly how the Franks’ hideout was exposed. Ruth Franklin, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hideout

1885, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jul 2022

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“Hideout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hideout. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for hideout


hide·​out | \ ˈhīd-ˌau̇t How to pronounce hideout (audio) \

Kids Definition of hideout

: a secret place for hiding (as from the police)

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