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 The architecture of dogtrot houses was unique to their rural settings: Contemporary urban Southerners had smaller plots of land and as a result built tall, narrow houses like Charleston's single houses or New Orleans' shotgun houses. Maggie Burch, Southern Living, 6 Dec. 2023 Faubourg Marigny and the Bywater Lined with Creole cottages and pastel shotgun houses, Faubourg Marigny (often referred to as the Marigny) is one of the earliest neighborhoods in New Orleans, established in the early 1800s by French colonizers. Kate Donnelly, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2023 Her family lived in a labor camp, sleeping in milk barns before eventually moving into a shotgun house in Lemoore. Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2023 Almost all shotgun houses are raised a few feet off the ground, which allows for airflow beneath the home and protects against minor flooding. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 22 Feb. 2023 The communities of shotgun houses in New Orleans are attributed to the Haitian and West African refugees, immigrants, and slaves who called the city home in the 1800s. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 22 Feb. 2023 History of the Shotgun House True to its unique name, the shotgun house has a storied past. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 22 Feb. 2023 His father worked in a city power plant, and his mother ran a grocery store out of the front of the family’s shotgun house on West Adams Street. William Yardley, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2022 On July 4, 1935, Mexican immigrants Joe and Jessie Garcia started serving barbecue and enchiladas from a shotgun house in Fort Worth, where customers paid on the honor system. Dallas News, 23 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shotgun house was in 1903

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“Shotgun house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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