\ 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

South Korea lodged a complaint at the World Trade Organisation over Japan’s limits on exports of materials crucial to South Korea’s consumer-electronics industry. The Economist, "Business this week," 14 Sep. 2019 Music-streaming service Spotify lodged a complaint with the EU about Apple's app-store behavior. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "50 states and territories launch massive joint probe into Google," 9 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, China has lodged a formal complaint with the WTO against U.S. trade policies. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "China’s Struggles," 7 Sep. 2019 On Monday, Beijing lodged its third complaint against the United States with the World Trade Organization, saying Washington’s latest duties violated an agreement reached at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Taylor Telford, BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks slump broadly as expanded US-China tariffs kick in," 3 Sep. 2019 Seeing Macdonald’s Willowdean lodge a righteous protest, find her inner Dolly Parton, and get the hot guy — in other words, seeing her get to be a protagonist who just happens to be fat — was a revelation. Kate Harding, Teen Vogue, "How Far Have We Really Come for Fat Acceptance?," 26 Aug. 2019 Her family lodged a similar claim with NASA’s Inspector General’s Office, and now investigators are trying to get to the bottom of this novel situation, the New York Times reports. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "NASA is investigating what may be the first space crime," 24 Aug. 2019 The Bianconeri have lodged a €10m offer, but Barcelona are awaiting further bids from the likes of Marseille and Schalke. SI.com, "Barcelona Open Talks With Juventus Over Juan Miranda as Marseille Remain Keen," 20 Aug. 2019 Through Friday, Alonso had lodged 38 homers and 85 runs batted in and drawn comparisons to Aaron Judge, the prodigious young Yankees slugger. Michael Powell, New York Times, "As Wins Pile Up, Mets and Their Fans Soak in the Moment," 10 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Days 4-7: Jotunheimen National Park Journey to our remote mountain lodge on Lake Gjende in the heart of Jotunheimen National Park. National Geographic, "Norway Expedition: Nordic Cultures and Arctic Exploration," 10 Sep. 2019 The committee also distributed 100 badges sent down by Themis lodge, Knights of Pythias, among the Pythians of San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Escondido celebrated first Grape Day in 1908," 10 Sep. 2019 In July his second Namibia lodge opened, adding a destination hotel to the safari experience. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Our Favorite Independent Hoteliers Around the World," 27 Aug. 2019 His fireside wisdom can be channeled at his ranch, now a state historic park, with a polo field, stables, hiking paths and rustic lodge. Los Angeles Times, "Getting to know famous people through their (now historic) houses," 17 Sep. 2019 Lighter fare is served at the lodge’s other lounges and eateries. Gerry Frank, oregonlive, "Head to Mount Hood any time of year: Gerry Frank’s picks," 15 Sep. 2019 The Inkaterra Group had invited us to two amazing lodges about a hour boat ride up the river from the town. Vogue, "How Ed Droste Spent Two Wild Weeks in Peru," 14 Sep. 2019 Sixteen days, five game-lodge destinations, and none of them alike. Anne Z. Cooke, chicagotribune.com, "Wide-eyed in Zambia: Africa’s last great place," 11 Sep. 2019 With a zebra rug underfoot, the master bedroom resembles a safari-lodge tree house—with a view of the party animals on nearby Sunset Boulevard. Booth Moore, ELLE Decor, "An ED A-Lister Transforms a Hollywood Legend's House into His Dream Home," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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