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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The third — a one-room metal cabin -- has electricity and an outhouse. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cheapest homes to sell so far in 2019," 9 Aug. 2019 Burning in an isolated, largely unpopulated area, the Hess Creek fire has thus far destroyed two unpermitted squatter cabins and one outhouse, according to fire managers. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Hess Creek fire, burning in Alaska’s Interior, is largest wildfire in the nation," 10 July 2019 Giveaway prizes on the order of Shetland ponies, Angora goats, milking cows and outhouses? Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "‘Friends’ is turning 25, and the Giants are recreating the magic," 27 June 2019 Airbnb lists most accommodations, which include yurts, camping plots, or bothies (small shelters usually equipped with a modest furnace, stove, and outhouse). Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, "Visit a wild and beautiful Scottish island owned by its residents," 26 Apr. 2019 Justin and Clay live in a cute, little outhouse together at Clay’s parents’ place. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "13 Reasons Why season 3 binge recap," 23 Aug. 2019 The only amenities onsite are a pair of outhouses and a hand pump for access to fresh water. Damien Dennis, chicagotribune.com, "Camping in Northern Michigan means having it all, away from it all," 31 July 2019 The land contained a small home with an outhouse and electricity-generating solar panels. Billy Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "They quit petroleum, electricity, and money — and found happiness.," 22 June 2019 The nonprofit utility company was formed in 1966 to supply water to Midway residents after reports of sulfurous well water and that many homes had outhouses near wells. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Midway residents call hundreds of new homes being built around their historic community a ‘mixed blessing’," 22 July 2019

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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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