\ 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

Amanda Phillips is thought to have been thrown from her bicycle after striking the door of a parked Jeep, and then became lodged under a landscaping dump truck, authorities said. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "After investigation, no charges will be filed in fatal 2016 bike crash in Cambridge," 2 July 2019 After hearing gunshots coming from inside the business, officers attempted to enter but were blocked by patrons trying to escape, some who were lodged against each other and stuck in the exit doorway. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stampede erupts after shooting at Kenosha bar," 1 July 2019 The number of campsites and lodging rooms available has stayed about the same. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Crush of people hits California parks, campgrounds," 1 July 2019 But supporters of the move said this would ensure that Russian citizens could lodge claims against their government at the European Court of Human Rights, a body of the council. The Economist, "Politics this week," 29 June 2019 The boy was undergoing surgery because shotgun pellets may have lodged near his heart, said Olguin, who wasn't home when the shooting occurred. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Child accidentally shot 2 others while trying to take shotgun away at Fort Worth home, police say," 27 June 2019 That said, the publication does state that no bids have been lodged for the midfielder. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Cancelo in City Talks, Man Utd Eye Ben Yedder, West Ham Bid for Rondon & More," 26 June 2019 The Roanoke Times reports that Lexington’s meals and lodging tax revenues are steady, and a survey commissioned by a regional tourism office found the incident didn’t dissuade people from visiting the area. USA TODAY, "Summer snow, yellow jacket super nests, laundered cat: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2019 Some of the particles of charcoal are getting lodged underneath the gums and have to be surgically removed. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Charcoal toothpaste can remove more than stains from your teeth, dentist warns," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Second, the lodge is in the village, which is 2 miles from Havasu Falls, 3 miles from Mooney Falls and 6 miles from Beaver Falls. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Hiking to Havasupai: How far is it, what's Mooney Falls like and everything you need to know," 24 June 2019 Six of the 11 promised aid stations in the mountain villages were not staffed, so some racers ran out of water, and the lodge where her group of runners was supposed to stay overnight was closed. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local ultra-runner is first American woman to complete Mount Everest extreme race," 19 June 2019 The lodge was our base camp for exploring a bit of the Olympic Peninsula. Anne Burke, latimes.com, "Chill out at Lake Crescent on a weekend escape to Washington’s Olympic National Park," 13 June 2019 Separating the lodge from the bluff is the cool, clear, Sinking Creek, which is perfect for wading, swimming or paddle sports. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Missouri's Echo Bluff State Park: The scenery of 'Ozark' without the man-made drama," 11 June 2019 The lodge’s popular bar is open to public and guests. Brigid Mander, WSJ, "5 Flat-Out Ideal Cross-Country Ski Getaways," 5 Dec. 2018 Spaulding said that the lodge is making an effort to draw more members of the community, including children, to events. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Easter Bunny Hangs Out At Willimantic Elks Lodge," 26 Apr. 2018 The new lodge is the 55th property for the regional chain, first started in 1983 by brothers Brian and Mike McMenamin. Jamie Hale, OregonLive.com, "McMenamins opens new Kalama Harbor Lodge in Washington," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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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