hot·​house | \ ˈhät-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce hothouse (audio) \

Definition of hothouse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of hothouse (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for hothouse

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of hothouse in a Sentence

Noun grows tomatoes in his hothouse all winter long an urban enclave of bohemians that acquired a reputation for being a hothouse of creativity
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Exploring the scent and natural ingredients, such as rose water, mango butter and Tahitian garden flower, is like taking a walk through a tropical hothouse. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Caroline Rafferty’s midcentury modern Palm Beach home is surrounded by hothouse plants. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 13 May 2022 Garnish as one desires, perhaps with a juicy blackberry or a hothouse flower, something dewy and tremulous, to be sure. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 31 Mar. 2022 This just takes us deeper into a world dominated by oil and gas—the kind of hothouse in which Putinish despots thrive. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 22 Apr. 2022 The faculty-lounge cultural and intellectual hothouse of today’s Democratic Party is the legacy of Wilson. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 Into this hothouse of jealousy slithers Derek, a manipulative contractor who talks the school’s owners into an expensive makeover that strains frayed nerves to the breaking point. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 Las Vegas is in ways a hothouse, with its gaming and hospitality industry expanding rapidly in recent decades, helping fuel the Culinary’s growth…. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 17 Feb. 2022 In addition to growing hothouse microgreens, Michael and Kasey Oliver also operate the Woodland Charm Primitive Campsite on their 10-acre farm in Blanco. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fracas, fittingly beloved by personality-plus women such as Madonna, Martha Stewart, and Isabella Blow, dials the heady, hothouse opulence of tuberose up to 11 with the addition of jasmine, tonka bean, and musk. April Long, Town & Country, 13 Sep. 2019 These fragile and artificial economies require hothouse conditions that a weakened OPEC can no longer provide. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 11 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of hothouse


1556, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jul 2022

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“Hothouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of hothouse

: a heated building enclosed by glass for growing plants

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