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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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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Bruce Goodrich’s expansive set design nicely encompasses both the home and sanitarium on the vast playhouse stage. Tom Titus,, "On Theater: ‘Harvey’ hardly looks his age in Laguna," 6 June 2019 Well, this swanky playhouse seems like the perfect birthday or just because gift for a beloved cat. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Your Cat Will Love This Two-Story Farmhouse-Style Playhouse," 30 July 2019 Bockerstette, who has Down syndrome, is a member of Gigi's playhouse. Mark Faller, azcentral, "Diamondbacks invite inspirational golfer Amy Bockerstette to throw out first pitch," 21 June 2019 Sitting on 4 acres of Japanese gardens designed by Henry Matsutani, the property includes the main house, playhouse, a workshop, a studio, a Japanese tea house and several bridges. Tony Bravo,, "Visit two Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Bay Area," 22 July 2019 Local architects and home builders designed and donated the playhouses. Dallas News, "CASA giving away casas. Win an elaborate playhouse while benefiting the social service agency," 13 July 2019 Sprawling lawns make up much of the backyard’s remainder, and somewhere there’s also two top-of-the-line children’s playhouse connected by a short bridge. Variety, The Mercury News, "Yammer founder seeks $22.5 million for Silicon Valley estate," 25 June 2019 Theater owner Cameron Mackintosh announced today that the 112-year-old Shaftesbury Avenue playhouse, which has been home to Les Miserables since 2004, will close July 13 to undergo a major restoration. David Rooney, Billboard, "London Theater to Be Named for Stephen Sondheim," 5 July 2019 As well as the noteworthy donation, the couple gifted the nearby St. Jude Target House with a new, one-of-a-kind playhouse. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, ""Fixer Upper" stars Joanna and Chip Gaines donate $1.5 million to St. Jude Children's Hospital," 28 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce playhouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of playhouse

1 : a small house for children to play in

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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