out·​house | \ ˈau̇t-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce outhouse (audio) \
plural outhouses\ ˈau̇t-​ˌhau̇-​zəz How to pronounce outhouses (audio) also  -​səz \

Definition of outhouse

: outbuilding … barns, stables, and other outhouses— Wayne R. LaFave and Austin W. Scott, Jr. especially : privy sense 1a They lived in an off-the-grid cabin with an out-door kitchen and an outhouse. — Diane Daniel Royal Cove's official outhouse didn't have a name, so we dubbed it Maggie's Loo, in honor of Princess Margaret of Great Britain. — John Vigor He calls an outhouse a toilet, because the only toilets his family had while he was growing up were outhouses. — David Owen

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When the new one would arrive, Gurganus said, the old one was consigned to the outhouse as reading material and, well, toilet paper. Allen G. Breed, The Seattle Times, "Girdles and socket wrenches: Sears was the Amazon of its day," 16 Oct. 2018 Li Shuangxin, a 41-year-old stay-at-home mother who lives on the outskirts of Beijing, walks about 300 feet to an outhouse several times a day from her shack. Sui-lee Wee, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates encourages the world to build a better toilet," 6 Nov. 2018 Pipes freeze, so most restrooms are plumbing-less outhouses. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Coldest Permanently Inhabited Place on Earth," 10 Sep. 2018 The Airbnb is stocked with guitars and Zydeco vinyl, and guests have access to what may be the world’s cutest outhouse. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 5 Days from New Orleans to Houston," 19 July 2018 Trick-or-treating largely began as a phenomenon after World War II to, in Best’s telling, counter the shenanigans that older adolescents were involved in around Halloween, such as covering houses in toilet paper and tipping over outhouses. German Lopez, Vox, "The myth of poisoned Halloween candy," 31 Oct. 2018 As with the outhouses, the great majority were paid for privately. The Economist, "How Bangladesh vanquished diarrhoea," 22 Mar. 2018 The 10-by-24-foot wood structure has insulated panels, a kerosene stove, an outhouse and a big loft that can easily sleep between 10 and 12 people, Hinds said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "A new hut with dramatic views rose up this summer in Alaska’s Hatcher Pass backcountry," 8 July 2018 The combination, the couple says, left their new Thor Tuscany 44MT smelling like a $270,000, rolling outhouse. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "They dreamed of adventure in their new RV. But, they say, they got geysers of sewage. | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outhouse

US : a small outdoor building that is used as a toilet
British : a small building (such as a shed) that is separated from a main building

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