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 The property includes the manor, a tenant house (Dorsey House), 13 outbuildings and structures, and two ruins, according to a 2004 Maryland Historical Trust inventory of historic properties form. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Historical home that caught fire in Sykesville has roots reaching through centuries," 8 Nov. 2019 The count included a mansion, outbuildings and wineries. San Francisco Chronicle, "Captivating cinematograph of the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County," 2 Nov. 2019 Another guest pointed to outbuildings that appeared a bit run down, while another said hotel staff were slow to respond to requests. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite’s grand Ahwahnee Hotel loses its luster, four-diamond award," 6 Jan. 2020 The charity has grown from an outbuilding in the family’s house to a center now used by 200 families. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Sophie, Countess of Wessex Isn't Afraid to Play on the Floor with Kids," 27 Nov. 2019 Firefighters were called to the synagogue at 2:23 a.m. Sept. 9 on a report of a fire in an outbuilding. Adelle Whitefoot, Twin Cities, "Suspect named in Duluth synagogue fire, but authorities aren’t calling it a hate crime," 15 Sep. 2019 At 50 feet, water covers low areas of Kellogg Avenue from east of Delta Avenue upstream to near Coney Island and Belterra Park, with outbuildings at Coney Island flooded as well as PNC Pavilion, according to the National Weather Service. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Yes, the Ohio River is a bit high, but not in minor flood stage," 20 Dec. 2019 Often, property owners don’t even know their sheds, cottages or outbuildings were slave quarters until Hill gets in touch. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian, "A Massive New Database Will Connect Billions of Historic Records to Tell the Full Story of American Slavery," 18 Dec. 2019 Despite appearing on census lists as single addresses, many lots hold two and three households, extended families in trailers and outbuildings. Michael Wines, New York Times, "In 2020 Census, Big Efforts in Some States. In Others, Not So Much.," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of outbuilding

1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outbuilding was in 1600

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6 Feb 2020

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“Outbuilding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbuilding. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outbuilding

: a small building that is separated from a main building


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Kids Definition of outbuilding

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

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