play·​house | \ ˈplā-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce playhouse (audio) \

Definition of playhouse

1 : theater
2 : a small house for children to play in

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Examples of playhouse in a Sentence

they're renovating the old playhouse and adding extra screens
Recent Examples on the Web Adding the vacant playhouse at 144 S. Main in Salt Lake City to the National Register of Historic Places still needs state and federal approval. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 Each night, her mother comes out to the playhouse, dressed elegantly for a party, and offers her extra blankets, begging her to come home. Benjamin Anastas, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 The playhouse is adorned with adorable details, including stars, hearts and birds. Katie Campione,, 8 Oct. 2021 After over a year of working with a reduced staff of less than a dozen people during the COVID-19 pandemic, the playhouse returned to its accustomed level of 27 employees in February before its current season began. Christopher Arnott,, 7 Sep. 2021 Upcoming Ridgefield Playhouse concerts by Pat Benatar and Suzanne Vega will require audience members to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, which is not the practice for all shows at the playhouse. Christopher Arnott,, 23 Aug. 2021 Aliah Whitmore guided me into the Players’ darkened 250-seat playhouse and pointed to a cross beam. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 Many of the 41 venues can fit two or three times as many people; for instance, the Gershwin Theatre, the largest playhouse, can hold 1,933 patrons. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 On Tuesday morning, the playhouse’s managing director Michael Barker told the Courant the flooding has gotten better since last week. Christopher Arnott,, 7 Sep. 2021

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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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13 Nov 2021

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“Playhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of playhouse

: a small house for children to play in


play·​house | \ ˈplā-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce playhouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of playhouse

1 : a small house for children to play in

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