\ 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

Examples of lodge in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun He's a member of a Masonic lodge. an annual dinner at the lodge
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sadly, most domestic abuse shelters do not allow pets to co-lodge with victims. Aimee Gilbreath, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Analysts and advocates have said that the decision to lodge the case against Ressa, rather than the editors involved, demonstrated that officials were targeting her. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 His best novels also use conspicuously unanswered questions to lodge themselves in the reader’s memory. Christopher Tayler, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 Numbers like that tend to lodge themselves in the public mind and feed the impression that tennis is a bonanza for everyone. New York Times, 29 June 2021 The Mayo Clinic recommends breathing through your mouth and avoiding forceful inhales so that your don't lodge the object further up or aspirate it into your airway. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 7 July 2021 Joe Biden—used the debt-ceiling vote to lodge an election-year protest against George W. Bush’s tax cuts and heavy military spending. Philip Elliott, Time, 7 Oct. 2021 Since wildfire smoke tends to lodge in the skins of grapes, white wines — which, unlike reds, don’t macerate with their skins during fermentation — are thought to be less susceptible to developing those ashtray-like flavors and aromas. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Aug. 2021 Experience has taught these bosses that their employees want to lodge a complaint, ask for a raise or submit their resignation. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For those who do not want to brave the elements overnight, Punderson has an English Tudor-style lodge with a restaurant and indoor pool. cleveland, 16 Nov. 2021 This 18-room lodge at the base of the road up to Grand Targhee is a good choice for those who want to be close to Targhee and the groomed trails and plowed farm roads in Teton Valley. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 Within its restaurant, Kanu, this New York State luxury lodge will present a four-course Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu on Nov. 25. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Located in one of the world's most spectacular landscapes on New Zealand's Lake Wakatipu, this modern lodge looks out to the big three: the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, and Walter Peak. Chloe Sachdev, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 In 2010, Kruggel joined the Fraternal Order of Police D.C. lodge. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 Handcrafted accents meet cabin chic in any of the lodge’s suites or deluxe room offerings. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 In 1996 the family became engaged in a bitter dispute over money and control of the lodge, a 93-room Austrian-style resort on 2,200 acres. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 City officials and the Fraternal Order of Police lodge have been at odds over the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 22 Oct. 2021

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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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