play·​house ˈplā-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce playhouse (audio)
: a small house for children to play in

Example Sentences

they're renovating the old playhouse and adding extra screens
Recent Examples on the Web So roller-skate on over to your local regional playhouse to avoid any rain on your parade. Vulture, 2 Mar. 2023 More details can be found on the playhouse’s website. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2023 The instant the characters spoke of their mutual affection, the family sprung from their bench in the socially distanced outdoor playhouse and walked out. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 22 May 2021 The playhouse’s artistic director Mark Lamos is directing ( Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 1 Jan. 2023 The play is set in 1942 at an American playhouse where the longtime artistic director has gone overseas to fight. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2022 The rustic playhouse with a thatched roof and an oak post-and-rail fence is nestled in a woodland area known as Stumpery. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 27 Sep. 2022 To build the redwood playhouse, Viola collaborated with Wesley Paul Thatcher, who does a lot of metal work for her company. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 16 Sep. 2022 Michelle Terry, the Globe’s artistic director, said the playhouse had a history of causing a stir by playing with gender onstage. Alex Marshall, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Playhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


play·​house -ˌhau̇s How to pronounce playhouse (audio)
: a small house for children to play in

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