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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Recent Examples on the Web The governor said normally thousands of people tour the home during the holidays, but given guidance from federal and state public health officials, the Lamonts opted to hold this year’s open house virtually. Nicholas Rondinone,, "In light of COVID-19 pandemic, traditional holiday open house at Governor’s Residence goes virtual," 21 Dec. 2020 His first open house in Bedford attracted 100 prospective buyers. Dallas News, "Firm welcomes Shane Taylor," 6 Dec. 2020 Tree lighting, decorations contest, parade, crafts show, music, wake boarding Santa show, downtown open house and more. Mary Colurso |, al, "Christmas events in Alabama 2020: Lights, skating rinks, concerts, Santa visits and more," 4 Dec. 2020 Just a reminder that this weekend, the Second Thyme Around shop will have its annual holiday open house. cleveland, "Local group focuses on children this holiday season: Olmsted Dates and Data," 30 Nov. 2020 The open house is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday (Dec. 4) and Saturday (Dec. 5) and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 6). cleveland, "Local group focuses on children this holiday season: Olmsted Dates and Data," 30 Nov. 2020 The open house features speakers from a variety of departments., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 6 Nov. 2020 The open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 25. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "American Legion 164 to open new location named for fallen Katy soldier," 15 Oct. 2020 The attendees walked over to Blair House after attending a tour and open house at the White House, where they were given arrival times in an attempt to space out the guests at the White House. NBC News, "Dec. 9 Coronavirus updates: Countries across the world prepare to vaccinate millions," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of open house

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2021

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“Open house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of open house

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