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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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 Move construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Are you ready for fire season?," 14 June 2019 Numerous outbuildings, but no primary residences, had been destroyed, the station reported on Monday. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Grant County residents flee fast-growing wildfire," 4 June 2019 The property, with a main house and two outbuildings on nearly 2 acres, is on the market for $3.57 million. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Artsy 19th-Century Mansion That Housed the Dutch Elite," 5 Dec. 2018 The 900-acre compound includes a main residence and outbuildings, sleeps as many as 50 guests, and can host events for up to 400. Town & Country, "Four Celebrity-Owned Villas You Can Rent," 2 Apr. 2015 The blaze, which killed two firefighters and four civilians including two children, has now destroyed 818 homes and 311 outbuildings and damaged 165 homes, McLean said. Marcio Jose Sanchez And Sudhin Thanawala, Fox News, "Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history," 31 July 2018 Note: Structures include homes, outbuildings (barns, garages, sheds, etc.) and commercial properties destroyed. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "California Homeowners Face Higher Prices for a Scarce Commodity: Wildfire Insurance," 10 Feb. 2019 These machines are also great for clearing barns, outbuildings, and garages. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "We Test the Very Best Leaf Blowers You Can Buy," 5 Nov. 2018

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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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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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