\ 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 cropsbuckwheat … 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

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 Such particles can lodge deep inside the lungs and have been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, respiratory infections and cancer. Washington Post, "India’s capital is battling a surge in coronavirus cases just as pollution levels spike," 15 Nov. 2020 Shoppers who are uneasy about using the internet can place orders and lodge complaints with an attendant’s help at chemists and floating petrol stations. The Economist, "Bundles in the jungle How e-commerce works in the Amazon rainforest," 5 Nov. 2020 The iceberg threatens to lodge right in the path of their foraging routes, which would block their attempts to feed their young – not to mention the sea-floor creatures that would be crushed under its weight. Anchorage Daily News, "World’s largest iceberg headed toward equally sized British island in South Atlantic," 5 Nov. 2020 Of particular concern was the YMCA of the Rockies, where tourists often lodge, said fire incident spokesman Christopher Joyner. NBC News, "Snow in Colorado expected to put damper on wildfires," 24 Oct. 2020 When people take a breath, the particles can lodge deep into their lungs and even enter the bloodstream. Lylla Younes, ProPublica, "The EPA Refuses to Reduce Pollutants Linked to Coronavirus Deaths," 21 Oct. 2020 Send it back for a refund and lodge a complaint with the brand. Alden Wicker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just How Harmful are the Chemicals in Your Clothes?," 16 Oct. 2020 Fleishauer wrestled with whether to lodge a report. USA Today, "A foster father was accused of sex abuse. Then he got a second chance.," 16 Oct. 2020 The same teen and others would go on to lodge allegations against him with Louisiana State Police, over different instances of unwanted touching at his home in LaPlace that same year. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "Jeff Perilloux, disgraced judge, jailed pending sentencing for fondling his daughters' friends," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For those willing to leave their cars, there will also be an open-air holiday market with artisan crafts for sale, a cocktail lodge, a do-it-yourself wreath bar. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Yes, you can get into the holiday spirit: Our guide to Christmas entertainment, events and things to do," 20 Nov. 2020 Then to the spacious, lodge-style living room, where the couple hosted bands for crowds of 60 people, sharing wine and songs until the early hours of the morning. Emma Silvers, SFChronicle.com, "Jon Payne made a home filled with music in Boulder Creek — then fire struck," 8 Nov. 2020 Along with the acreage came a lodge, pool and staff house. Donna Reiner, The Arizona Republic, "How one woman's generous gift gave Phoenix-area Girl Scouts a camp of their own," 29 Oct. 2020 The most impressive building is the lodge, a massive 17,000-square-foot space designed by Glenn Marchbanks Jr. complete with a commercial kitchen, a dining room for 100 people, a 3,000-square-foot great room and a 5,200-square-foot conference hall. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "The house that McDonald’s built seeks $29 million in Santa Ynez," 28 Oct. 2020 To practice social distancing, guests are allowed minimal access to the lodge itself (including check-in and checkout), and cash is not accepted for payment. Washington Post, "Not all cabins close up for winter. Here are heated options for socially distant exploring.," 22 Oct. 2020 With the late opening, a lodge at half-capacity and fewer visitors, the dynamics on the river among the bears changed, according to Boak. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park — finally," 29 Sep. 2020 Recently acquired and revamped in late 2019, this eco lodge-style property is the island’s premier gay-friendly resort in favor with couples seeking luxe accommodations. Dan Koday, Travel + Leisure, "10 Up-and-Coming Destinations Around the World For LGBTQIA+ Travelers," 5 Sep. 2020 When the Sprague Fire spread across Glacier National Park in 2017, burning down a chalet in the process, crews pumped Lake McDonald water through an industrial-strength system to protect another lodge. Kurt Repanshek, National Geographic, "Wildfires show how climate change is transforming national parks," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of lodge was in the 13th century

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lodge. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce Lodge (audio)

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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