\ 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

Roundtree, who was lodged at Anchorage jail, was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday afternoon. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Police arrest man in Loussac Library vandalism that damaged Alaskana items," 11 Sep. 2019 According to the document, which was lodged last year but has only just been made public, eye-tracking technology would detect when a baby is awake, asleep or close to stirring. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "A new Google baby monitor could use AI to alert parents before infant awakes," 10 Sep. 2019 The federal agency said that detainers were lodged once the individuals entered local law enforcement custody on murder charges. Fox News, "6 MS-13 gang members, illegal immigrants involved in deadly Maryland stabbing, ICE says," 9 Sep. 2019 The pending proposal would apply only to older housing units, but once rent control is lodged in state law, Newsom, et al, will be pressed to expand its reach and that possibility will discourage the massive investment California sorely needs. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: Newsom exploring ideological territory others never dared to," 5 Sep. 2019 While the ship was lodged in pack ice for more than a year in Victoria Strait, the crew likely would have taken the propeller up and boarded over the ship's glass skylights, Harris said. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "Divers Get an Eerie First Look Inside the Arctic Shipwreck of the HMS Terror," 30 Aug. 2019 Callaghan, who also coached Todd Eldredge to the 1996 world championship and six national titles, had been suspended by SafeSport and USFS in March 2018 pending allegations of abuse that were first lodged against him more than 20 years ago. Cindy Boren, The Denver Post, "Olympic champion figure skating coach banned for life for sexual misconduct claims," 22 Aug. 2019 Sierra pulled down his shirt collar and placed his finger on the bump at the front of his throat to show jurors where one bullet remained lodged in his neck. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Friends of slain off-duty Chicago cop testify about chaotic shooting scene," 13 Aug. 2019 First, there is the bullet still lodged in his back that doctors could not extract. New York Times, "‘We Saw People Dropping’: How a Brooklyn Rite of Summer Ended in Bloodshed," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most of the lodges stay open for a week or two after Labor Day before closing one by one. Justin Franz, The Know, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself," 1 Sep. 2019 Most of the lodges stay open for a week or two after Labor Day before closing one by one. Justin Franz, Houston Chronicle, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself in the fall," 30 Aug. 2019 Many Croatians also migrated to the Iron Range of northern Minnesota to find work in the mines and soon started their own lodges and halls. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "South St. Paul’s Croatian Hall turns 100," 18 Aug. 2019 There are tremendous views of the pond and its beaver lodges. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A fun visit to a hollow full of waterfalls, mountain laurel and rock formations in East Haddam," 14 June 2019 Her new lodge at Blackberry Mountain, which incorporates locally sourced wood and sandstone into a modern aesthetic, represents the resort’s latest evolution. Vanessa Gregory, ELLE Decor, "A Recently Renovated Mid-Century Home in Knoxville, Tennessee," 7 Feb. 2019 Many of the new lodges have partnered with conservation programs. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Most of the lodges stay open for a week or two after Labor Day before closing one by one. Justin Franz, Washington Post, "Enjoying Glacier National Park’s quiet season," 23 Aug. 2019 Coast Guard Petty Officer Amanda Norcross, however, said the manager of a nearby lodge reported the aircraft never left the water. Rachel D'oro, USA TODAY, "Maryland man dead, 4 injured after Alaska floatplane's takeoff was aborted, officials say," 21 July 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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