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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Ford will hold an open house this weekend to give the public a chance to tour the building prior to renovation. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Bill Ford: Detroit train station will be place of possibility again," 19 June 2018 The city will hold an open house at 317 Hoyt St. in Brooklyn on at 5 p.m. June 27 for residents to give feedback on the proposal. Lara Korte, WSJ, "City Wants to Rezone Brooklyn’s Gowanus Area to Draw More Development," 18 June 2018 The Clarendon Hills Fire Department had its most recent annual open house in October 2017. Chuck Fieldman,, "Clarendon Hills public works and police open house a big deal for kids," 20 May 2018 Manchester Adult and Continuing Education is holding its open house at its new location, 555 Main St. in Manchester, from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 3. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Manchester Adult And Continuing Education Invites Public To Open House," 1 May 2018 Brookline Chinese School is holding an open house May 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St. The event is open to anyone looking to learn about Chinese culture. Zipporah Osei,, "A walking tour, cultural open house, and a benefit for the blind," 26 Apr. 2018 The park district will hold an open house to discuss the plan from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Park district officials will provide information and answer questions during the event. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 2 Mar. 2018 Campbell Creek Science Center will host its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and families will appreciate the chance to warm up, gather information and have hot chocolate. Erin Kirkland, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how to make the Iditarod entertaining and educational for kids," 27 Feb. 2018 An open house was held July 8 at the property, which is for sale for $750,000, according to an online listing. Laura Crimaldi,, "‘He was totally engulfed in flames’: Witnesses recount blaze that injured two Everett firefighters," 14 July 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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