hothouse

noun
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

hothouse

adjective

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

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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 Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the sulfuric acid-laden clouds of the hothouse planet. Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, "Chemical detected in Venus' clouds could point to life," 15 Sep. 2020 Some of this is the usual hothouse of sports talk—nothing big can happen in sports without someone trying to pooh-pooh and diminish it. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The 2020 Sports Season Counts. No Asterisks, No Questions.," 8 Oct. 2020 Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the sulfuric acid-laden clouds of the hothouse planet. Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, "Chemical detected in Venus' clouds could point to life," 15 Sep. 2020 In the hothouse of the 2016 US election season, observers argued that YouTube's recommendations were funneling voters into ever-more-extreme content. Clive Thompson, Wired, "YouTube’s Plot to Silence Conspiracy Theories," 18 Sep. 2020 Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the sulfuric acid-laden clouds of the hothouse planet. Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, "Chemical detected in Venus' clouds could point to life," 15 Sep. 2020 In the polarized hothouse of American politics today, this process has begun to break down. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "Democrats must bow to the Electoral College," 15 Sep. 2020 Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the sulfuric acid-laden clouds of the hothouse planet. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "Astronomers see possible hints of life in Venus's clouds," 14 Sep. 2020 More extreme hothouse periods lurk in the deeper recesses of geologic time. Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, "Earth is setting heat records. It will be much hotter one day.," 20 Aug. 2020 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, "Is Tuberose the Sexiest Fragrance Note?," 13 Sep. 2019 These fragile and artificial economies require hothouse conditions that a weakened OPEC can no longer provide. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Fracking Our Way to Mideast Peace," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of hothouse

Noun

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hothouse was in 1556

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23 Oct 2020

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“Hothouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hothouse. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for hothouse

hothouse

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of hothouse

: a heated building used for growing plants

hothouse

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

Kids Definition of hothouse

: a heated building enclosed by glass for growing plants

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