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 There is a two-car garage and a fenced yard plus a hot tub and an outbuilding. oregonlive, "On the market: Homes for sale at West Linn and Lake Oswego’s average price of $812,700," 13 Feb. 2021 The people who qualify for such protection often occupy expensive, sprawling properties where a detail can use a garage, pool house or other outbuilding as a command post, break room and bathroom. Washington Post, "The $3,000-a-month toilet for the Ivanka Trump/Jared Kushner Secret Service detail," 14 Jan. 2021 In addition to transforming each of those spaces from multi-family to single-family layouts, the couple reimagined a room in an outbuilding to function as a dark room. Lisa Van Loo, The Arizona Republic, "Coronado District fixer-upper becomes eclectic, artsy abode. Check it out.," 27 Nov. 2020 Upper Chesapeake began indoor coronavirus testing Oct. 1 at the Aberdeen site, located in a temporary outbuilding on the campus of UCH’s future freestanding medical facility off Route 22, near the Target store in Aberdeen. S. Wayne Carter Jr., baltimoresun.com, "About 150 people are being tested daily for coronavirus at Upper Chesapeake Health’s site in Aberdeen," 12 Nov. 2020 Three people were arrested, including two reportedly linked to the operation, which consisted of about 15 slot machines in an outbuilding on the Helix Street property. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arrests follow discovery of illegal gambling den in Spring Valley," 21 Oct. 2020 On walls and between the chestnut ceiling beams of her little saltbox outbuilding, a late-1700s structure about 300 feet from her home in Weston, Conn., interior designer Chris Roughan turned to Benjamin Moore’s Super White. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "The Garden Is the New Home Office, Thanks to the Sanity Shed," 16 Oct. 2020 The kitchen is in an outbuilding, just behind the main house. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "The Chloe, Uptown mansion turned hotel, opens with ‘21st century New Orleans hospitality’," 15 Oct. 2020 Nearby, along one road, two men commandeered a nonpotable water truck and sprayed a small hose on a farmer’s smoldering outbuilding. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hennessey Fire’s trail from Napa County to Vacaville," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Outbuilding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbuilding. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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