tract house


Definition of tract house

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

Examples of tract house in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Moving to the burbs is suddenly back in style: City dwellers with coronavirus cabin fever lead the way," 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, "To Recover Mother," 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,, "The Original Hollywood Sign’s History Isn’t All That Romantic," 3 May 2020 The extra-large hyoid bones in their vocal tract house massive air sacs that amplify their bombastic voice to superlative heights; they are often regarded as the loudest of any land animal. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Ranked: the loudest sounds ever measured," 3 Feb. 2020 The four children of Jack and Dorothy Hall – three girls and one boy – lived a comfy post-WWII middle-class life in a four-bedroom Southern California tract house with their civil engineer father and homemaker mother. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "'I want to understand:' Diane Keaton candid about mental illness in interview, memoir ‘Brother & Sister’," 3 Feb. 2020 Aerial video showed the 55-foot-long, 75-foot-wide building in the 7300 block of Somerset Avenue backing up to tract houses perilously close to the blaze. Colleen Shalbystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Massive fire burns commercial building in Paramount," 19 Aug. 2019 The tight-knit, family-friendly community of Mira Mesa epitomizes San Diego’s tract house boom of the 1970s. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mira Mesa: From publisher’s ranch to military housing and ethnic hotspot," 30 June 2019 Joe’s father, an Air Force officer, bought a small tract house with mortgaged furniture; even the children’s bunk beds and the radio were on loan. Tribune News Service,, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of tract house

1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Tract house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tract house

US : a house that is one of many similar houses built on an area of land

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