open house


: ready and usually informal hospitality or entertainment for all comers
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Fountainhead has monthly open houses that give the public an opportunity to meet the artists in residence and experience their work. Andrew J. Tardif, Miami Herald, 3 June 2024 Susan and Michael Hort, for example, every year host an open house in Manhattan to give the public a look at their collection, which includes work by McCloud. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, 2 June 2024 There is no staging, no open houses, and none of the disruptions that can make listing through a typical real estate agent a headache. Kc Property Group, Kansas City Star, 2 June 2024 At the open house on June 1, the coalition will share information about its programming and upcoming events. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for open house 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of open house was in the 15th century

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“Open house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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open house

: usually informal hospitality or entertainment for all comers
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