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

Examples of outbuilding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Makariv, the township that encompasses Vysehrad, police set up shop in an outbuilding attached to a small market, after their headquarters across the street were blackened and hollowed by a missile strike. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Frank LoCoco said the flames spread at a slow to moderate rate near homes, destroying the RV and outbuilding before firefighters, with the help of two water-dropping helicopters, held the fire to 3 acres. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 July 2021 The tornado destroyed an outbuilding and caused minor damage to the roofs of several homes near Kirk Road Southwest, the weather service said. Leigh Morgan, al, 30 Dec. 2021 The vehicles had been stored in an old outbuilding on the property at 205 S. Prospect St. for at least 100 years, and both were desperately in need of repair and restoration. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2021 The small outbuilding was empty, allowing employees with the clerk’s office to issue licenses from what was its order window. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 July 2021 Feral cats are not socialized enough or trained to be adopted, Amland said, but the organization is seeking people with barns or other appropriate outside space such as a shed or outbuilding to take in the feral cats. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2021 Sandy also has many infrastructure needs such as: Public Works shop and outbuilding, Fire Station 31, Parks and Recreation Building, Alta Canyon Sports Center, sidewalks and water pipes. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021 In addition to the pottery and other small items, archaeologists found the remains of a brick structure that may have been a hearth, privy or outbuilding, reports the Associated Press (AP). Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of outbuilding

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Outbuilding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbuilding. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for outbuilding


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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