out·​build·​ing | \ˈau̇t-ˌbil-diŋ \

Definition of outbuilding 

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

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Another 413 outbuildings were also destroyed, and the blaze is now the seventh most destructive wildfire in California history, fire officials said. Fox News, "New fires erupt in Northern California; homes threatened," 1 Aug. 2018 La Bestiaire comprises multiple outbuildings in addition to the charming main house, which includes bright and airy formal living rooms spaces and seven bedrooms and four and a half baths. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Ultimate equestrian estate just outside NYC wants $8.5M," 22 June 2018 About 400 homes in Albany County have been ordered to evacuate, and one home and two outbuildings have been destroyed by the flames, a fire incident spokesman said. Washington Post, "Rains may help douse wildfires in region," 17 June 2018 The addition and outbuilding in Portage will follow, as well as the Expo Center. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County flooding damage estimated at $3.8 million," 21 Mar. 2018 The two shed roofs and black-and-red color scheme echo the existing outbuildings. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Parents add a modern wing to their son’s Vermont farmhouse," 15 June 2018 Officials said one small outbuilding was lost but no injuries have been reported. CBS News, "Houses burn "like dominoes" as wildfires menace U.S. West," 14 June 2018 Officials said one small outbuilding was lost but no injuries have been reported. CBS News, "Houses burn "like dominoes" as wildfires menace U.S. West," 14 June 2018 The 2,956-acre Apple Fire, which started west of Corning at 2:10 p.m., destroyed three structures and six outbuildings, and was 85 percent contained as of 2 p.m. Sunday, Cal Fire said in a press release. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Big grass blazes in Tehama, Glenn counties. Wildfire season has begun," 10 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of outbuilding

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

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