tract house


: any of many similarly designed houses built on a tract of land

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Set in a dark, cluttered space — the tract house where hermetic Charlie’s soul unfolds — The Whale feels as contrived as a stage play. Armond White, National Review, 15 Mar. 2023 They’re built closer together than the typical tract house to make the neighborhood more walkable, most with no yards to speak of, but plenty of pocket parks — a boon to busy production workers. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 11 Mar. 2022 The floor plan before them showed a three-bedroom, high-end tract house on a cul-de-sac in the San Fernando Valley. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 That’s not the case with Howard Hawkes and Kevin Kemper’s 1963 tract house in Palm Springs. Lisa Boonestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2023 Relying in large part on drywall for its construction, a standard tract house in Levittown cost a little less than eight thousand dollars, the equivalent of about a hundred thousand dollars today. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 Midway, as in between downtown Portland and the city of Gresham. Cathy Holmlund has been living in a 1959 ranch-style tract house in outer Southeast Portland for 35 years. oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2020 Our modest tract house in a New York suburb was too small for a family of seven; Helen found and moved us into a much bigger, far more elegant one. Ellen Pall, The New York Review of Books, 25 Aug. 2020 According to Adweek, Hollywoodland was actually a subdivision of tract houses and the sign was a billboard for the development. Martha Sorren,, 3 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tract house was in 1956

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“Tract house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

tract house

: a house that is one of a number of very similar houses built on a tract of land

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