out·​house | \ ˈau̇t-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of outhouse

: outbuilding especially : privy sense 1a

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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 The following month, archaeologists in Boston discovered a centuries-old outhouse that may be linked to the family of Patriot Paul Revere. James Rogers, Fox News, "Incredible Revolutionary War journal surfaces, detailing POW's escape from British prison ship," 25 Apr. 2018 Price says the bill was inspired by former Warwick residents who lived within smelling distance of their neighbor’s outhouse. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 15 Mar. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outhouse

: a small outdoor building that is used as a toilet

: a small building (such as a shed) that is separated from a main building

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