open house

noun
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

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

  1. Westside High School will host an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. today, and all parents are invited to attend.

  2. colleges holding open houses for prospective students

  3. We held an open house last week in the hopes that someone would offer to buy our house.

  4. They kept open house, and in the evenings neighbors would stop by to talk or play music.

  5. They always kept an open house for visitors.

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First Known Use of open house

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OPEN HOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

open house

Definition of open house for English Language Learners

  • : 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


OPEN HOUSE Defined for Kids

open house

noun

Definition of open house for Students

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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