shotgun house


Definition of shotgun house

: a house in which all the rooms are in direct line with each other usually front to back

called also shotgun cottage, shotgun shack

— compare railroad flat

Examples of shotgun house in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web LeNoir lives in a narrow shotgun house on Columbia Avenue that her mother built after retiring as a librarian. Clare Proctor, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Aug. 2021 He was dressed in uniform — olive-green slacks, shirt, necktie and field cap — and headed for the nearby city of Columbus, where his grandmother, who’d recently died after a heart attack, had lived in a small shotgun house with a full porch. Alexa Mills, Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Its diagonal form is partly inspired by the architecture of a shotgun house turned on its axis. Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2021 For three weeks in January, my friend and I rented a 150-year-old shotgun house in New Orleans. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 Goodenough owns the building that Carrollton Market called home, an old shotgun house along a strip of neighborhood businesses. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, 11 Jan. 2021 In and around our shotgun house in Forest, Miss., we were taught to never look or appear disheveled at work, especially after proving yourself undeniably twice as good as the white workers at your job. Anthony Giardina Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Reginald Dwayne Betts Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2020 The modest double shotgun house in the 2300 block of First Street was bought by Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Baptist Church in 2008. R. Stephanie Bruno,, 28 Nov. 2020 My family lived on Mason Street, in a narrow shotgun house. Marc Myers, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of shotgun house

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Shotgun house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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