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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Recent Examples on the Web The toilets at the Foggia airfield were simple holes in the ground with an outhouse over it, just like those on Texas farms. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio veteran saw WWII from a bomber’s gun turret — and at 101, still drives," 11 Nov. 2020 The camp has electricity, a hand pump for water and an outhouse. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Minnesota deer hunting camps will have a different feel in 2020," 5 Nov. 2020 He is accused of killing his fiancée, Kozee Decorah, originally of Wittenberg, Wisconsin, whose body was found May 16 burning in an outhouse in a remote area of a Nebraska reservation. Sarah Volpenhein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin family's calls 'answered' for harsher charges in killing of Ho-Chunk woman," 26 Oct. 2020 The modest home where the future 36th U.S. president lived from age 5 through high school is a time capsule of what life in rural Texas was like a century ago — complete with outhouse. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "3 scenic drives through Texas Hill Country from U.S. 281 in San Antonio area," 20 Oct. 2020 When a family stepped out of its minivan, unfurled a pop-up privacy tent the size of an outhouse and took turns sitting on a bucket inside, others in the rest area looked on with envy. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "Pop-up outhouses and advance research fuels road trips south," 18 Sep. 2020 Even the wooden planks that surround the outdoor shower, which abuts the eastern wall, were reclaimed from the Sherrills’ 19th-century outhouse. New York Times, "On Long Island, a Timeworn Pool House Steeped in Americana," 16 Sep. 2020 There’s no heat, and the outhouse serves as the only bathroom. Hannah Farrow, Field & Stream, "The Science of Hunting Traditions," 14 Sep. 2020 Those in tenement housing did not have their own facilities, but had 25 to 30 people sharing a single outhouse. Katherine A. Foss, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Epidemics of the Past Changed the Way Americans Lived," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of outhouse

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Outhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outhouse. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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