house·​warm·​ing | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌwȯr-miŋ How to pronounce housewarming (audio) \

Definition of housewarming

: a party to celebrate the taking possession of a house or premises

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Image When Michael travels to West Cork for what promises to be a bucolic housewarming weekend, Maggie introduces him to two Irish friends: Liz, a poet from Galway, and Alison, a Dublin art dealer Michael has met before. Katharine Weber, New York Times, "In Ireland, the Past Is Always Present and So Are Its Ghosts," 1 June 2018 From tackling that tricky—and oftentimes, messy—mixer, to perfecting crafty icing on top, this two-hour class will give you the skills to master that perfect housewarming treat. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Cooking and Baking Classes in New York City," 18 Oct. 2018 The store’s candles ($40) will be my go-to housewarming gift as long as there are friends in new apartments to sort-of willingly receive them. New York Times, "Breaking the Binary," 11 July 2018 Pineapples Despite its imperialist origins, pineapples have endured as a universal symbol of housewarming and welcome. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Housewarming Gifts That Have a History of Bringing Good Luck," 16 May 2018 The box was carefully packed with damp sphagnum moss, the packaging material of choice for shipping the sacred Yeager Roots, a housewarming gift from my parents. Jeff Yeager, Good Housekeeping, "8 Perennial Vegetables Anyone Can Grow," 21 Mar. 2011 Across the street, hundreds more lined up for a housewarming at the university’s Institute of Politics, where conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens of the advisory board. Eric Thurm, WIRED, "An Alternate Reality Game That Takes Freshmen Orientation to a New Level," 25 Mar. 2018 The song originally dropped in 2016, however Pusha T recently jumped on the track as a housewarming gift. Rachel George, Billboard, "Valee Enlists Pusha T for Dreamy 'Miami' Video," 27 Feb. 2018 But my own mother, after watching me take upwards of 15 minutes to dice a red onion, punctuated by pathetic displays of running my eyes under water every 30 seconds, sent me my own Pull Chop as a housewarming present. Beejoli Shah, Bon Appetit, "The Ultra-Basic Tool That Single-Handedly Turned Me Into a Home Cook," 12 July 2017

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1577, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of housewarming

: a party to celebrate moving into a new home


house·​warm·​ing | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌwȯr-miŋ How to pronounce housewarming (audio) \

Kids Definition of housewarming

: a party to celebrate moving into a new home

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