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 Learning more about hothouse climates also gives scientists valuable data to test the accuracy of climate models for projecting the future, says Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech University. Christina Larson, ajc, 24 Aug. 2021 Learning more about hothouse climates also gives scientists valuable data to test the accuracy of climate models for projecting the future, says Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech University. NBC News, 24 Aug. 2021 This is the salsa Cámara makes during the winter, subbing tomatillos for lackluster hothouse tomatoes. Erin Mayer, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Aug. 2021 Even in the hyper-partisan hothouse of Texas politics, this qualified as an act of stunning, scattershot petulance. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 30 June 2021 The missing element—perhaps unattainable in this format—was a deeper engagement with the hothouse psychology of Cocteau’s story. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 21 June 2021 Start with hothouse vine tomatoes, which have a lot of flavor. oregonlive, 22 June 2021 Yet Mingus’s sextet featured Bluiett, a founder of St. Louis’s Black Artists Group, a multimedia collective that was a hothouse for the jazz avant-garde. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 June 2021 The mission consists of a probe that will plunge through the planet’s thick atmosphere, making precise measurements of noble gases and other elements to understand why Venus’ atmosphere is a runaway hothouse compared to Earth’s. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 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

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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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6 Sep 2021

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“Hothouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hothouse. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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hothouse

noun

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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