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 Amesbury Carriage Museum invites community members to an open house Satrday, Nov. 9., "Most read on," 31 Oct. 2019 Transportation Department officials are holding a series of open houses this week to outline the schedule, detail the construction work and answer questions. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "INDOT shares I-69 construction schedule affecting Martinsville, Greenwood, Indianapolis," 23 Oct. 2019 Sometimes an agent gets money directly from a referral, owns a stake in a title company or just gets a financial benefit in the form of free advertising or the supplies for an open house for brokers. Michele Lerner, USA TODAY, "Should your real estate agent give you referrals when you're buying or selling a home?," 15 Oct. 2019 The district will celebrate its diamond anniversary Saturday with an open house at its headquarters in Costa Mesa. Daily Pilot, "For Costa Mesa Sanitary District, letting 75 years go to waste is a good thing," 10 Oct. 2019 The Tower’s original blueprints, some bearing the signature of architect Clarence Wigington, will be on display at the open house. Michelle Griffith, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Highland Park water tower to hold fall open house," 5 Oct. 2019 Police have arrested a suspect after video showed a man shoving a real estate agent to the ground and groping her at an open house in Los Angeles. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Man arrested after video shows attack on Los Angeles real estate agent at open house," 25 Sep. 2019 Since late May, the distillery has treated patrons to a staggered roll out of the space, with a series of open houses and soft openings. Shauna Stuart |, al, "Weekend Sip: Apply to get your name on a cocktail at The Atomic Lounge," 2 Aug. 2019 Residents will have the opportunity to offer comments and observations to guide renovation plans by attending one of three upcoming open houses., "Input sought for Shaker Main Library renovation; 12 young Jewish leaders to be recognized; more: Press Run," 26 July 2019

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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

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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