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 Brockschmidt & Coleman’s new space, opening today, is located in a double shotgun house in the historic Garden District of New Orleans. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "Brockschmidt & Coleman Bring New York Style to New Orleans," 8 Nov. 2019 Amphibiating historic structures has yet to find wide use (though it was used in a shotgun house in New Orleans rehabilitated through the efforts of the actor Brad Pitt). Cornelia Dean, New York Times, "‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas," 8 July 2019 Mario Perez, who shares a double shotgun house in Mid-City with his daughter and her children, hacked at tree branches on Friday. New York Times, "Katrina on Its Mind, New Orleans Keeps an Anxious Eye on Tropical Storm Barry," 12 July 2019 The family is in the upstairs living room of a shotgun house where McMicken Avenue bends sharply in the northwest corner of Over-the-Rhine. Mark Curnutte,, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019 From artwork and china to unique collections, Hoksch's 120-year-old shotgun house in Algiers Point boasts a lively personality. Kadee Krieger,, "Shotgun House Tour opens the doors to eclectic beauties in Algiers Point," 9 May 2018 Fleurty Girl started small in November 2009, in a shotgun house on Oak Street that Hurricane Katrina had pummeled. Contributing Writer,, "The woman who built a cotton-knit empire on New Orleans pride," 29 Apr. 2018 Modest 19th-century shotgun houses and Creole cottages dominated, with larger ones mixed in throughout. Anne Gisleson, Curbed, "Bywater faces its future," 23 May 2018 This was followed by the awarding of a proclamation to R&B singer Deacon John, who talked about his 60 years on the New Orleans music scene and growing up downtown in half of a shotgun house with his parents and 11 siblings (talk about density). Anne Gisleson, Curbed, "Bywater faces its future," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of shotgun house

1903, in the meaning defined above

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19 Nov 2019

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“Shotgun house.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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