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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Primal Forces is having an open house at 7 p.m. July 30 at the Sol Theatre in Boca Raton, which will be Primal Forces’ home for its 2018-2019 season. Austen Erblat,, "Primal Forces makes Boca Raton's Sol Theatre its home for new season," 13 July 2018 The New Berlin Historical Society is having an ice cream social open house at the Historical Park, 19765 W. National Ave. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 Things-to-do this week in Waukesha County," 9 July 2018 East Dundee will also host an open house at the police station from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 30. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East and West Dundee participating in National Night Out for first time in years," 21 June 2018 Crystal Scott, a Realtor with Mountain Realty, hosts an open house at 1312 S. Roosevelt Street on the Boise Bench, long considered an affordable alternative to the North End. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Desperate buyers offer more than sellers ask, but still lose as Boise’s home prices skyrocket | Idaho Statesman," 16 Apr. 2018 Motorists can see those plans and talk with state Department of Transportation and Development engineers during an open house Tuesday (April 10) at Slidell Junior High School, 333 Pennsylvania Ave., Slidell. Laura Mcknight,, "St. Charles Parish president hospitalized after motorcycle crash: Fox 8 report," 5 Apr. 2018 The family will be receiving friends during an open house at Carol's home at a future date to be announced., "Carol Tribou," 18 Mar. 2018 After that, Northam and first lady Pam Northam welcomed the public at an open house at the Executive Mansion. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Fiddlers, native Americans and a champion oyster shucker salute new Va. governor," 6 Mar. 2018 Behavioral Health & Wellness Center opens new location The Woodlands Behavioral Health & Wellness Center had an open house on Jan. 30 at their new location located at 2700 Research Forest Drive, Suite 130, The Woodlands. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Business Briefs: The Woodlands Township," 10 Feb. 2018

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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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