open house


Definition of open house 

1 : ready and usually informal hospitality or entertainment for all comers

2 : a house or apartment open for inspection especially by prospective buyers or tenants

Examples of open house in a Sentence

Westside High School will host an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. today, and all parents are invited to attend. colleges holding open houses for prospective students We held an open house last week in the hopes that someone would offer to buy our house. They kept open house, and in the evenings neighbors would stop by to talk or play music. They always kept an open house for visitors.
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Lutheran Child and Family Services, a nonprofit that has provided care to youth and young adults locally since 1883, hosted an open house and tour to celebrate the completion of the facility. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Trinity House will be home to young men aging out of foster care," 6 July 2018 Buyers in this group usually spend a lot of time at open houses and real estate websites. Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Buyer’s personality can affect sale," 1 July 2018 Granby Garden Tour GRANBY — The Salmon Brook Historical Society will be sponsoring an open house and Granby garden tour on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 12 June 2018 In addition to these committees and interviews, there will be ‘pop-up’ events, web surveys, open houses and workshops for the general-public in the coming months to help involve as many of our citizens as possible in this process. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Norcross seeking volunteers for committee openings," 5 June 2018 An open house for the 8,100-square-foot home in North Attleborough is scheduled for Sunday. Fox News, "Aaron Hernandez's former home on the market for $1.6M," 12 Sep. 2018 An open house is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 4, for the community to come and take a last walk around the school before the building is razed. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grafton school referendum projects should be ready for next school year," 30 May 2018 The Tri-Town Radio Amateur Club will host an open house from 1 p.m. Saturday through 1 p.m. Sunday at the Hazel Crest public works building, 3000 W. 170th Place. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Group promotes amateur radio in south suburbs," 21 June 2018 On Saturday, June 9, the Manchester Historical Society will host a free open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pitkin Glass Works on Parker Street, near the intersection with Putnam Street. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of open house

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of open house

: an event in which an organization (such as a school or company) invites the public to visit in order to see the things that happen there

: an event in which anyone who is interested in buying a particular house, apartment, etc., is invited to go inside and look at it

: a home or other place in which guests or visitors are welcome

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Kids Definition of open house

1 : friendly and welcoming treatment to anyone who comes

2 : an event in which an organization (as a school) invites the public to see the things that happen there

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