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hothouse

noun hot·house \ ˈhät-ˌhau̇s \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of hothouse

1 obsolete : bordello
2 : a greenhouse maintained at a high temperature especially for the culture of tropical plants
3 : hotbed 2

Examples of hothouse in a Sentence

  1. grows tomatoes in his hothouse all winter long

  2. an urban enclave of bohemians that acquired a reputation for being a hothouse of creativity

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First Known Use of hothouse

1556

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hothouse

adjective

Definition of hothouse

1 : grown in a hothouse
2 : suggestive of growth and development in a hothouse
  • a hothouse existence
; also : suggesting a hothouse
  • a hothouse atmosphere

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First Known Use of hothouse

1771

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HOTHOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

hothouse

Definition of hothouse for English Language Learners

  • : a heated building used for growing plants


HOTHOUSE Defined for Kids

hothouse

noun hot·house \ ˈhät-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of hothouse for Students

: a heated building enclosed by glass for growing plants


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