out·​build·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbil-diŋ How to pronounce outbuilding (audio) \

Definition of outbuilding

: a building (such as a stable or a woodshed) separate from but accessory to a main house

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There’s a riding ring, guesthouse, carriage house, multiple outbuildings and a six-stall barn, but the estate centers on a French country-inspired home built in 1949. Los Angeles Times, "In Malibu, Kelsey and Camille Grammer’s former compound aims for $19.95 million," 15 July 2019 The tours will feature the stable as the soon-to-be Heritage Center, the Red Barn and outbuildings. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 3 July 2019 The 20,380-acre fire was 85% contained, the damage was limited to three outbuildings and all evacuation levels had been dropped, said the incident command center. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Grant County wildfire contained; show unaffected at Gorge for Grateful Dead fans," 8 June 2019 Close doors to all outbuildings because inquisitive lions may go inside for a look. Hans Peter, The Denver Post, "Mountain lion spotted in west Loveland neighborhood," 20 July 2019 Those who break the rules are beaten in an outbuilding called the White House or else mysteriously disappear. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "'The Nickel Boys' is a literary achievement. Will Colson Whitehead win another Pulitzer?," 15 July 2019 In California alone, wildfires over the last two years torched more than 33,000 houses, outbuildings and other structures and killed 146 people. Matthew Brown, latimes.com, "Wildfires fueled by climate change will mean shorter lives for many Americans," 25 June 2019 This National Historic Landmark includes the homes and outbuildings of the family of Joseph Bailly, one of northern Indiana’s earliest European settlers who established a trading post here in 1822. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trails, beaches and more things to do in Indiana Dunes National Park," 20 Feb. 2019 The 15-foot yellow and white python was reported missing earlier this week and remains on the loose despite a search that has included outbuildings, gardens and storm drains. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Tuscaloosa python hunt enters day 4 and even Alexander Shunnarah is weighing in," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of outbuilding

1600, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outbuilding

: a small building that is separated from a main building


out·​build·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbil-diŋ How to pronounce outbuilding (audio) \

Kids Definition of outbuilding

: a building (as a shed or stable) separate from a main building

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