play·​house | \ˈplā-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of playhouse 

1 : theater

2 : a small house for children to play in

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Synonyms for playhouse


cinema, theater (or theatre)

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Examples of playhouse in a Sentence

they're renovating the old playhouse and adding extra screens

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That's because the real highlight of the episode was Bernadette using Halley and Michael's playhouse as a hideaway from her kids. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 7 Recap: Bernadette Hides From Her Kids," 1 Nov. 2018 Opened in 1920, the Times Square Theater was one of several Broadway playhouses clustered on the block between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Final Holdout of Times Square’s Rejuvenation to Get $100 Million Makeover," 18 Sep. 2018 The characters are all wearing rubber wellie boots (hence the name) and love playing outside; their books have prominent outdoors settings and one of the accessories is their little playhouse. Kaitlin Menza, Good Housekeeping, "Exclusive: American Girl Just Released an Adorable New Doll Line," 15 June 2016 After repair workers from Conroe Independent School District removed the playground equipment at the school to keep students safe, the children no longer had playhouses to climb or seesaws to jump on. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Parents raise $200,000 for new playground equipment at Buckalew Elementary," 6 June 2018 Former employees, however, testified at his 2016 trial that the playhouse never had that type of lighting equipment. Vinny Vella,, "Ex-Bucks theater director accused of sending explicit prison emails to underage girl," 9 July 2018 And watched in a theater, where a close-up can swing from feeling gorgeous to imposing, this curious gem is liable to make any subsequent night at the playhouse feel strangely distant and monotonous by comparison. Robert Abele,, "Review: Jean Cocteau's masterful 1948 'Les Parents Terribles' is a treat for movie lovers," 12 July 2018 Teepees and tents, lofts and ladders, playhouses and pirate ships. Marni Jameson,, "Designing a dreamy guest room for kids," 29 June 2018 On Thursday, Bailey, her sister and two of her older grandchildren helped decorate the playhouse in honor of Ireland and Berretta. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Grandma turns playhouse into memorial for granddaughters found dead in Clay County," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of playhouse

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of playhouse was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of playhouse

: a small house for children to play in


play·​house | \ˈplā-ˌhau̇s \

Kids Definition of playhouse

1 : a small house for children to play in

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