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[gahrd-hous] /ˈgɑrdˌhaʊs/
noun, plural guardhouses
[gahrd-hou-ziz] /ˈgɑrdˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a building used for housing military personnel on guard duty.
a building used for the temporary detention of military prisoners.
Origin of guardhouse
First recorded in 1585-95; guard + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A man-at-arms lounged out of the guardhouse to inquire our business.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • You are going to the guardhouse for disobedience and bad language and impertinence.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Thus, by forcing their way into the guardhouse, the friars, brought him into the city.

  • Finally, at noon a new officer checked in for duty at the guardhouse.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • He brought out the pistol he'd taken off the captain in the guardhouse.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • She will be overhauled and challenged by the first sentry near the guardhouse, below the wall.

    Clarence Bret Harte
  • He will notify the sergeant of the guard before leaving the guardhouse.

  • To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.

  • Substitutes will report to the commander of the guard at the guardhouse.

British Dictionary definitions for guardhouse


(military) a building serving as the headquarters or a post for military police and in which military prisoners are detained
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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