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 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, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 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,, "New list of New Orleans endangered sites includes old school, former church," 28 Nov. 2020 My family lived on Mason Street, in a narrow shotgun house. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Eddie Floyd Doesn’t Sing for Himself. ‘I Sing for You’," 29 Sep. 2020 Bayou Beer Garden first opened in 2009, taking over what had been a coffee shop built into a shotgun house with a large back deck. Ian Mcnulty,, "Spurred by football, recast as restaurants, a clutch of popular Mid-City bars return," 9 Sep. 2020 Blocks of dilapidated shotgun houses are sprinkled with the occasional neat brick ranch with flowers in the yard. National Geographic, "," 16 Jan. 2020 Then, head over to the two-room shotgun house built by Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley. Verna Gates, al, "How to spend 24 hours in Tupelo, Mississippi," 30 Dec. 2019 The Yellow House $12.99 Author Sarah M. Bloom titled her memoir after the small New Orleans shotgun house her mother Ivory Mae bought in 1961. Lakshmi Gandhi, NBC News, "5 African American memoirs that belong on your shelf," 3 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of shotgun house

1903, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2021

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“Shotgun house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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