mad·​house | \ ˈmad-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce madhouse (audio) \

Definition of madhouse

1 informal + often offensive : an institution providing care to mentally ill individuals
2 informal : a place of uproar or confusion The day of the game against the U.S.S.R., Blythe Arena was a madhouse. Thousands milled about outside, hoping to find a way in.— Walter Bingham

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Examples of madhouse in a Sentence

The stadium was a madhouse when the team won the championship. it was hard to believe that this place with the bright cheery walls was really a madhouse
Recent Examples on the Web Mackey Arena turned into a madhouse when Stefanovic knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer, as the Boilermakers scored 13 unanswered points in a span of three minutes. Ryan Mcfadden,, 13 Feb. 2022 Mama Dickinson fears her husband has planned out this whole thing just to lock her away in a madhouse. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 26 Nov. 2021 But there’s reason to fear that America’s real estate market, after passing through the pandemic madhouse, might never get back to that kind of normal again. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 And so the teams behind the Piatti family of Italian restaurants, the Spanish paella powerhouse Toro Kitchen + Bar and the modernist Mexican madhouse called Mixtli launched new restaurants high into mid-pandemic orbit. Mike Sutter,, 12 Nov. 2020 Alabama bike shop owner Clint Jameson got one warning before COVID-19 turned his whole industry into a madhouse. al, 10 July 2020 The first Wednesday in February was once a recruiting madhouse. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2020 The stage was an absolute madhouse with the 30-year-old retiree wildin' out as ringleader. Kat Bein, Billboard, 2 Feb. 2020 This week, the Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport has been a madhouse with people fighting to get standby seats on flights out of the North African country. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, 19 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of madhouse

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of madhouse was in 1649

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“Madhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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mad·​house | \ ˈmad-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce madhouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of madhouse

: a place or scene of complete confusion or noisy excitement

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