\ ˈläj How to pronounce lodge (audio) \
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)
\ ˈläj How to pronounce Lodge (audio) \

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

The Justice Department’s appeal is lodged with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a step up from the federal district court where the six-week trial unfolded in the spring. Marcy Gordon, BostonGlobe.com, "Department of Justice appeals ruling that allowed AT&T-Time Warner merger," 12 July 2018 The first Academy member against whom a complaint was lodged was current Academy president John Bailey, who was cleared of any wrongdoing by the board of governors last month. Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter, "Producer Bill Mechanic Resigns From Academy Board of Governors," 17 Apr. 2018 Then when spring comes, the Potlatch crew goes to work—freeing logs that have lodged on the riverbanks and in jams at the center. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 DiLuzio said most of those charges are lodged because the person was stopped first for other crimes such as driving under the influence. Nicole Radzievich, Philly.com, "Bethlehem votes to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana," 20 June 2018 Short-term rental services are spurring a construction boom unfettered by county permits, regulations or lodging taxes of any kind in this gateway to Joshua Tree National Park. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "Joshua Tree was once a sleepy high desert community. Now it's a vacation rental destination," 4 June 2018 That's when Mitchell found 30 to 40 insects lodged on the roof of Bailey's mouth. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Terrifying Photo Shows a Dog's Mouth Coated With Painful Ladybugs," 3 Nov. 2016 Bullets were lodged inside the trunk that's now part of the collection. CBS News, "Rooted in history: Gettysburg's "Witness Trees"," 8 July 2018 Climbing ice, on the other hand, allows athletes to lodge their pick essentially anywhere, making it a quicker venture. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "I Went Ice Climbing and Lasted About 6 Whole Minutes," 10 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For more information or to make lodge or cabin reservations to go www.echobluffstatepark.com or phone 1-844-322-3246. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Missouri's Echo Bluff State Park: The scenery of 'Ozark' without the man-made drama," 11 June 2019 The government chased and harried the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Lakota, and other tribes and burned their food and lodges. David Treuer, Harper's magazine, "2020 Vision," 10 Jan. 2019 The lodge at Zapata, which dates from the 1800s, when the ranch was founded, gives off that nostalgic cabin vibe with its rustic blond-wood furniture, woven rugs on the walls, fur pillows tossed casually on overstuffed couches. Candice Rainey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Colorado Ranch Retreat That Gives You a Real Taste of Cowboy Life," 20 July 2018 In 2014, the Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation put her name on the children's health lodge at its Camp Klotty Pine in Wautoma. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Joan C. Gill remembered as advocate for her patients with bleeding disorders," 14 May 2018 Consider tacking on a few extra days to see Kenya’s coast; perhaps on Lamu, the Zanzibar-like spice island that has soaked up influences from both Arabic and Swahili culture (luxe lodge The Majlis is the place to stay there). Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 29 May 2019 According to local paper The Daily Independent, eight students at a Kentucky elementary school got bikes and helmets from local Masonic lodges after making it to all 180 days of school this year. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 of 2019's Biggest and Best Perfect Attendance Rewards for Students," 26 May 2019 Below, get a glimpse inside Prince Charles's new Scottish Highlands lodge. Vogue, "The Royal Family Has Opened a New Bed and Breakfast," 15 May 2019 Soon, sparks fly between Kelly and out-of-town widower Leo (Brennan), who turns out to be a corporate VIP considering shutting down the beloved lodge and replacing it with a shopping center. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas at Grand Valley' Was Filmed at a Rustic Lodge You Can Visit," 21 Dec. 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

Noun and Verb

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 How to pronounce lodge (audio) \
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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