\ˈläj \
lodged; lodging

Definition of lodge 

(Entry 1 of 6)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to provide temporary quarters for The refugees need to be lodged and fed.

(2) : to rent lodgings to hoped that they would lodge him for the winter

b : to establish or settle in a place The troops lodged themselves in the town.

2 : to serve as a receptacle for : contain a sinus lodging the nerve and artery of the part

3 : to beat (a crop) flat to the ground

4 : to bring to an intended or a fixed position (as by throwing or thrusting)

5 : to deposit for safeguard or preservation agents collect the rent for the land, and lodge it in the bank— G. B. Shaw

6 : to place or vest especially in a source, means, or agent a small family unit … with formal authority lodged in the father— John Dollard

7 : to lay (something, such as a complaint) before a proper authority : file the defendant then lodged an appeal— Priscilla Hughes

intransitive verb

1a : to occupy a place temporarily : sleep lodged on a cot overnight

b(1) : to have a residence : dwell lodged over a bookshop

(2) : to be a lodger lodged with them for a year

2 : to come to a rest the bullet lodged in the wall

3 : to fall or lie down used especially of hay or grain crops buckwheat … tends to lodge by late fall— R. E. Trippensee



Definition of lodge (Entry 2 of 6)

1 chiefly dialectal : a rude shelter or abode

2a : a house set apart for residence in a particular season (such as the hunting season)

b : a resort hotel : inn mountain lodges

3a : a house on an estate originally for the use of a gamekeeper, caretaker, or porter

b : a shelter for an employee (such as a gatekeeper)

4 : a den or lair especially of gregarious animals (such as beavers)

5a : the meeting place of a branch of an organization and especially a fraternal organization a Masonic lodge

b : the body of members of such a branch

6a : wigwam

b : a family of North American Indians The tribe consisted of about 200 lodges.


biographical name (1)
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Definition of Lodge (Entry 3 of 6)

Henry Cabot 1850–1924 American statesman and author


biographical name (2)

Definition of Lodge (Entry 4 of 6)

Henry Cabot 1902–1985 grandson of Henry Cabot Lodge American politician and diplomat


biographical name (3)

Definition of Lodge (Entry 5 of 6)

Sir Oliver Joseph 1851–1940 English physicist


biographical name (4)

Definition of Lodge (Entry 6 of 6)

Thomas 1558–1625 English poet and dramatist

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Examples of lodge in a Sentence


The workers were lodged in temporary camps. The refugees needed to be lodged and fed. We lodged at the resort. The bullet lodged in his brain. The bullet lodged itself in his brain. The group has lodged a grievance.


He's a member of a Masonic lodge. an annual dinner at the lodge
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Watchdog groups have lodged conflicts complaints with state oversight bodies which, so far, have come to naught. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA’s Lhota Says He Isn’t Leaving, Despite Speculation to the Contrary," 24 Oct. 2018 Four students and a teacher had lodged complaints against him in May, the report said. Chris Buckley, BostonGlobe.com, "Chinese professor accused of sexual harassment is barred from teaching," 13 July 2018 Four students and a female teacher had lodged formal complaints against him in May, the report said. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Chinese Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment Is Barred From Teaching," 12 July 2018 Some who lodged allegations about Hart told The Star that the news from Wyoming was welcome but too long in coming. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Could former KC priest, 86, still face charges? Yes, but 'there is an issue of time'," 3 July 2018 So when Huddy’s property values increased last year – resulting in a higher property tax bill – the Colerain Township man wasted no time lodging a formal complaint with Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Politics or bad break? How one man's tax bill became a headache for Auditor Dusty Rhodes," 18 June 2018 Ettlin has lodged a complaint with Medicare and is now awaiting word from the federal agency. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "Say what? How an $800 charge for hearing aids soared to a $3,600 healthcare bill," 29 May 2018 Ryan Jackson, the chairman of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, said that if the farmers upstream take action his tribe would first lodge a formal legal complaint. Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Can an uneasy truce hold off another water rebellion on California's northern border? | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Per the latest statistics, the number of homeless people in Finland has declined from a high of 18,000 30 years ago, to approximately 7,000: the latter figure includes some 5,000 persons who are temporarily lodging with friends or relatives. Gordon F. Sander, The Christian Science Monitor, "Finland's homeless crisis nearly solved. How? By giving homes to all who need.," 21 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Parrots and macaws flash green, red, blue, and yellow at the world’s largest clay lick, a short trip from the lodge. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Visitors can rent paddleboats, canoes and kayaks from a nearby lodge or hike 3.5 miles from the lake to Black Elk Peak. Smithsonian, "* * *," 23 Mar. 2018 You will be collected from the lodge and transferred to a site close to where a chick has been located. Tom Ricketts, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to New Zealand," 5 Oct. 2016 White can work for lunch at the lodge—not on a drive. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Gave Us All a Valuable Lesson in How Not to Dress in Africa," 9 Oct. 2018 Then, firefighters were evacuated by helicopters and concerns about the shooter prompted a lockdown at the ski lodge that served as the fire’s incident command post, according to the report. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "2 hunters cited after firing rifles toward wildland firefighters near White Pass," 11 Sep. 2018 Their lodge was just a few blocks away from the festival site, Hicks said, before strolling over to read to read a series of posters explaining the history behind Juneteenth. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Juneteenth, official end to U.S. slavery, remembered at Detroit festival," 16 June 2018 Dining at the lodge’s remarkably sophisiticated Peaks Restaurant didn't break the bank either: Burgers start at $12.50, pastas at $16 and fish and meat entrees at $21. Blake Snow, latimes.com, "A SloCal road trip gives you a geographic, climatological super sampler," 20 May 2018 Everybody was still at the lodge Wednesday morning despite some talk of trying to ski out Tuesday. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Avalanche-closed road to Hatcher Pass could be reopened Wednesday, freeing stranded skiers," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lodge


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lodge


see lodge entry 2


Middle English loge, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German louba porch

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English Language Learners Definition of lodge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to provide (someone) with a place to stay for a short period of time

: to stay at a place for a short period of time

: to become stuck or fixed in a specified place or position



English Language Learners Definition of lodge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a house or hotel in the country or mountains for people who are doing some outdoor activity

: the place where a beaver lives

: a local group that is part of a larger organization


\ˈläj \
lodged; lodging

Kids Definition of lodge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to provide a temporary living or sleeping space for They lodged guests for the night.

2 : to use a place for living or sleeping We lodged in motels.

3 : to become stuck or fixed The arrow lodged in a tree.

4 : file entry 3 sense 2 I'm lodging a complaint.



Kids Definition of lodge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a house set apart for residence in a special season or by an employee on an estate a hunting lodge the caretaker's lodge

2 : a den or resting place of an animal a beaver's lodge

3 : the meeting place of a social organization

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