town house


Definition of town house

1 : 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
2 : 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

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The big man bought the stately town house for $1.585 million last year, shortly after signing a two-year deal with the Celtics worth $11 million, The Times previously reported. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Former Celtic Aron Baynes looks to pass Boston-area townhome," 14 Aug. 2019 An Associated Press reporter, photographer and videographer went to the town house where Reyes Mena lives in Centreville, Virginia, last month after telephone calls seeking comment about the allegations were not returned. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "New push for justice after 4 Dutch journalists slain in 1982," 25 Mar. 2019 Williams helped the Forsythes buy their home several years ago, when the housing crash still weighed on the market and the couple was underwater on a town house that had become too small for their growing family. Ben Casselman,, "Home buyers and sellers just shrug as mortgage-interest deduction nearly vanishes," 4 Aug. 2019 The fire ripped through a three-unit town house, causing the most damage to the one in the center, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Kristin Tinsley said. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Fire in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood damages town houses under construction," 13 Sep. 2018 From Victorian-style mansions to colonial-style town houses, there’s no shortage of places to tour, photos to take and views to behold. Hallie Miller,, "11 unique homes on the market in Baltimore worth daydreaming about," 22 July 2019 In the 1990s, Donald Trump tried to buy Davids’ Island, which is across from Sutton’s Columbia Island, but ended up abandoning plans to build condominiums or town houses there (and losing a $500,000 deposit). James Barron,, "He’s spent just one night on his private island. He’s had enough," 2 July 2019 The plan includes 85 studio apartments for formerly homeless seniors, 100 rentals for individuals and families and 52 row houses and town houses for sale. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "After long delays, Seattle mayor will advance $90 million plan for low-income housing at Fort Lawton," 4 Feb. 2019 Two groups of housing have been approved, one consisting of 139 single-family homes and another consisting of 244 apartments, condos or town houses. Riley Murdock, azcentral, "Development marches past the edge of metro Phoenix, swallowing ‘the nothingness, the openness, the freedom’," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of town house

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of town house was in 1571

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English Language Learners Definition of town house

US : a house that has two or three levels and that is attached to a similar house by a shared wall
: a house in a city or town especially : a house in a town or city owned by someone who also has a house in the country

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