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 For months last year, a COVID-19 lockdown closed the club which had always been an open house. Raf Casert, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2021 The public is invited to an open house Sunday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the church, 1740 S. 500 East. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 The community is invited to join MiraCosta College for an open house and tour from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 of the Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Ave. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Oct. 2021 By opening day, the dusty floors were expected to be cleaned and polished for an open house and series of activities designed to help get the public initiated with the facility. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Oct. 2021 An open house and chance for public comment would precede sending a proposal to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission for approval in April. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Dec. 2021 Commissioner Regina Hill clapped back hard at a recent open house/community meeting turned shouting match in District 5., 17 Dec. 2021 Those residents and others had the chance Wednesday to meet with company executives and further discuss the plan during an open house hosted by the company at the Stadium Club at the Gary Steel Yard. Carrie Napoleon,, 16 Dec. 2021 Share your input and explore information during the open house Dec. 6-22, 2021 at oregonlive, 3 Dec. 2021

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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 2022

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“Open house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of open house

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