row house

\ˈrō- \
variants: or less commonly rowhouse \ˈrō-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of row house 

: one of a series of houses connected by common sidewalls and forming a continuous group Fundamentally, a row house is a building that stands cheek by jowl with its neighbors, often sharing a common wall.— Eric Wybenga

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Streets around Eagle Hill are densely packed with old row houses, triple deckers and Spanish storefronts. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Boston Wants Amazon, but Is There Room?," 21 May 2018 So, on Monday, after Rowell’s fifth and final settlement conference finally went through, Angert accompanied her back to the North Philadelphia row house. Samantha Melamed,, "How a Philly real estate agent threw a family she'd never met a huge virtual housewarming party," 26 June 2018 Potential home buyers can choose from brand-new condos or three-story row houses, new single family properties or older homes that have undergone renovations. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Homes for sale in East End, one of Houston's transforming neighborhoods," 12 July 2018 The camera then comes down to street level to show a man driving a car down a street lined by row houses. David Zurawik,, "Rating the TV ads for governor: Hogan has a winner, Baker's a loser with his Baltimore pitch," 7 June 2018 Or that a prototype of these row houses actually was constructed in nearby Elmhurst, complete with a carport where a ’57 Chevy might have looked at home? Blair Kamin,, "A less-is-more restoration of a Mies house expands our view of a little-known episode in the famed architect's career," 8 June 2018 Small-lot developments have long been plagued by complexity: how to box together single-family homes on tight, row house-style parcels while maintaining privacy. R. Daniel Foster,, "For single-family homes on small lots, builders must up their game," 20 Apr. 2018 By the end of the first year, sixteen hundred families lived in row houses and walkups spread across nearly fifty acres, with a field house, a large park, and a community center. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration," 19 May 2018 Hidden City’s rumination on the clever, quirky, and special window displays found in Philly’s row houses is a love letter to Philly weirdness, with great photos to boot. Aubrey Nagle,, "Pa. primary results are in, 'Ride of Silence' to honor lost cyclists | Morning Newsletter," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of row house

1871, in the meaning defined above

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: a house in a row of houses that shares a wall with the houses next to it

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