out·​build·​ing ˈau̇t-ˌbil-diŋ How to pronounce outbuilding (audio)
: a building (such as a stable or a woodshed) separate from but accessory to a main house

Examples of outbuilding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fire, which started Sunday, covers about 1,300 acres with 95% containment and has burned three outbuildings. Isabella Volmert, Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2023 Largely made from Bargate stone and brick, the 6,800-square-foot pad is centered around a sprawling courtyard that connects the main house to the additional outbuildings. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 18 July 2023 One home also lost roof shingles and one farm outbuilding was damaged. Leigh Morgan, al, 14 Jan. 2023 Sky Studios This bonus space in an outbuilding has skylights. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2023 An outbuilding in Lexington Township in Kansas was on fire and fireworks were actively exploding when firefighters arrived around 10:15 p.m. on Saturday. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 3 July 2023 Courtesy image The downtown property includes a back patio, wide front porch, planting beds, and an outbuilding for storage or a workspace; Stoner Creek is walking distance. The Week Staff, The Week, 2 July 2023 The tornado took off the roof a farm building, destroyed an outbuilding and damaged a garage in addition to numerous trees. Leigh Morgan, al, 22 June 2023 Crews were able to get the upper hand by 2 p.m., stopping the fire’s forward progress, but not before several outbuildings and vehicles had been destroyed. Saumya Gupta, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outbuilding was in 1600

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“Outbuilding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbuilding. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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out·​build·​ing -ˌbil-diŋ How to pronounce outbuilding (audio)
: a building separate from and smaller than the main one

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