\ 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)
\ 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

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 That prompted him to lodge a complaint with the city of Laguna Beach, which sent Gross a letter saying the sculpture and netting lacked permits. Laurence Darmiento Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Bill Gross seeks to end dispute over lawn sculpture. His neighbor is having none of it," 7 Dec. 2020 Your supervisor thanks you for e-mailing about where to lodge concerns about struggling students and instructs you to e-mail this exact query to K, who will forward it to L, who will have R enter it into a spreadsheet. Rebecca Turkewitz, The New Yorker, "Kafka Narrates My Online Teaching Experience," 5 Jan. 2021 Hotel operators are only allowed to lodge essential travelers, such as those with work or medical needs, and communities have asked hoteliers and property managers to cancel all existing reservations through Jan 1. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Tahoe-area officials urge Airbnb to help halt rentals during coronavirus shutdown," 23 Dec. 2020 But after the result is read, members of Congress get one opportunity to lodge their concerns. New York Times, "The Electoral College Is Voting Today. Here’s What to Expect.," 13 Dec. 2020 To date, Trump campaign lawyers have yet to lodge even one specific allegation — let alone provide evidence — of a ballot that was deliberately cast illegally. Jeremy Roebuck, Anchorage Daily News, "Rudy Giuliani and Trump’s last-stand push to overturn Pa.’s election results get a frosty reception in court," 18 Nov. 2020 Some may lodge their objections during the January 6 session. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Electoral College is last long-shot chance for Trump allies to challenge election results," 10 Dec. 2020 Knowing those shapes helps researchers devise drugs that can lodge in proteins’ pockets and crevices. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "‘The game has changed.’ AI triumphs at solving protein structures," 30 Nov. 2020 The law is controversial, because anyone — not just royals or authorities — can lodge a complaint, so it had in the past been used as a weapon in political vendettas. Star Tribune, "Thai police revive royal defamation law ahead of protest," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Subsequent Neighborhood Arts concerts include many livestreams from Roslindale’s Futura Productions, a stately Masonic lodge turned recording facility. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Celebrity Series offers home concerts recorded around the world," 8 Jan. 2021 The theme of the week is Gone Fishin’, so the set has been decorated as an Adirondack-style lodge by way of the Country Bear Jamboree. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Preparing to Spin the Wheel of Fortune," 23 Nov. 2020 The Children’s House, a 15-room lodge that provides housing for the families of critically ill pediatric patients being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital, opened in 1993, funded by contributions from the Believe in Tomorrow Foundation. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "Catonsville’s Better World Imaginarium raising money this weekend to benefit the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins," 13 Nov. 2020 Adjoining the cemetery are the remains of the stone foundation — about 15 feet by 30 feet — of Moses Hall, a small lodge that hosted chapter meetings, community social gatherings and, at times, a school, Whitley said. Washington Post, "Maryland Beltway expansion might require moving part of historical African American cemetery," 17 Oct. 2020 Loyd Park is big on camping with 221 campsites but also has eight cabins and an 18-room lodge for those who prefer sleeping indoors. Dallas News, "Summer chill-out: Escape the house and the heat at D-FW lakes," 10 Aug. 2020 The plan includes the tram, a base station and upper lodge. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The fate of Bridal Veil Falls at a crossroads: preserved as public space or sold off to a developer," 30 Nov. 2020 When the lodge reopens for the summer season on May 15, 2021, the rates go up to $229 per night. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s a roundup of top-notch travel deals, whether you’d rather staycation in Alaska or venture abroad," 28 Nov. 2020 This Instagram-worthy mountain lodge offers complimentary s’mores kits nightly, bike rentals, and exclusive access to nearby Lakeside Beach. Kai Oliver-kurtin, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Lake Tahoe," 18 Nov. 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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Last Updated

26 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lodge. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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