town house


: a usually single-family house of two or sometimes three stories that is usually connected to a similar house by a common sidewall
also : row house
: a house in town
specifically : the city residence of one having a country seat or having a chief residence elsewhere
stayed at their town house during the social season

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) found the object, which measures more than four inches long, while excavating a Roman town house in 2017, reports BBC News. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Aug. 2021 In addition, this town house has an open floor plan to maximize those water views from the living room, dining room, kitchen, home office, master bedroom, and upstairs game room and sitting area. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 29 Mar. 2023 Farther south, photographer and Bangkok transplant Chut Janthachotibutr and his yogi wife, Sirisopa Chindakawee, recently opened The Place Khao Lak, which houses six smart bedrooms, a café, and a surf shop in a mod town house that evokes Palm Springs. Chris Schalkx, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Apr. 2022 The movie, which stars Amy Adams as a hard-drinking agoraphobe who believes that she’s witnessed a murder from the window of her Harlem town house, is cut off from any wider significance and, for that matter, from the milieu in which it’s implausibly set. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 Still, Besançon has capitalized on those precious six weeks, naming Victor Hugo schools and a Victor Hugo square, erecting many Victor Hugo busts and statues, and opening a Victor Hugo museum in the stone town house where he was born. Catherine Porter,, 31 Dec. 2022 The 1,531-square-foot two-bedroom penthouse duplex is one of six units at 50-52 Rutland Square, an 1860 redbrick town house. Marni Elyse Katz,, 30 Nov. 2022 Mister Fahrenheit is literally an underground gallery, situated in a former subterranean swimming pool behind a town house in the West Village. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, 24 Dec. 2022 In the wake of apparent ruin, the family relocated from a town house in Harlem, with good furniture and servants, and a summer home on the beach, to the wilds of semirural Brooklyn. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of town house was in 1571

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“Town house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

town house

: a house connected to the next house by a common sidewall

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