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

Example Sentences

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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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 3 Jun. 2023.

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open house

: usually informal hospitality or entertainment for all comers
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