out·house | \ˈau̇t-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of outhouse 

: outbuilding especially : privy sense 1a

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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 And sister-and-brother corporate power brokers (Malin Akerman and Jake Lacy, playing antagonist with prime-time soap excess that falls flat compared with Morgan’s smirking farmhouse-henhouse-outhouse riff). Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "A brand of Rock to soothe the savage beast," 11 Apr. 2018 The building has the look and feel of an old farmhouse, complete with an old water storage device, a music stage made out of an old Chevy pickup and outhouse bathrooms (with proper plumbing). Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Black Board Bar B Q," 8 June 2018 The centuries-old estate had its cottages refurbished in the 1960s and installed a sewage system — so there will be no royal jaunts to the outhouse, thankfully — and there's no shortage of things to do nearby. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Apparently Leased A New Weekend Home," 31 May 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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