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 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 Water backing up behind ice floes now causes ravaging floods virtually every May. In Srednekolymsk last year, floods swamped the dirt airstrip, with its separate outhouses for men and women. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "Russian Land of Permafrost and Mammoths Is Thawing," 4 Aug. 2019 Weekend events include llama races, kiddies pack dog races, gold panning, a parade, outhouse races, 145 arts and crafts, and food booths. Helen H. Richardson, The Know, "PHOTOS: Runners try to pull, push and plead with donkeys during annual Burro Days," 29 July 2019 In two and a half seasons, Weis — who brought Notre Dame from powerhouse to the outhouse — stirred more controversy than positive press. Amie Just, nola.com, "The Les Miles Show brings signs of life, hope to Kansas football program," 28 June 2019 He was awakened in the middle of the night by a loud noise and went outside to the outhouse. Karina Bland, azcentral, "His father wouldn't talk about D-Day. The son had to know the story," 16 June 2019 Equal-opportunity offender The show even featured what was probably the world’s first tap-dancing outhouse. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Farewell to the 'Follies’: Mr. Whitekeys says his shows are ending — for good, this time," 12 June 2019 Rice and Cambridge-Rice have invested hours in the home and grounds, planting the gardens and adding several storage sheds, including one resembling an outhouse. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: An ex-Civil War prisoner came home to this cottage. See what it looks like today.," 21 June 2019 Cameras were installed in toilets and even outhouses. Washington Post, "China’s mass indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution," 17 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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