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[hous-wawr-ming] /ˈhaʊsˌwɔr mɪŋ/
a party to celebrate a person's or family's move to a new home.
Origin of housewarming
First recorded in 1570-80; house + warm + -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If there was any tension among us just after the house-warming, it was not noticeable.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • So they determined, a week after school opened, to have “a house-warming.”

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Only a glance was needed to tell them that the house-warming was successful.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • But they didn't invite anybody to a house-warming, for that was not their way.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • I've got a house-warming party to-night; it's only a step from here.

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • You go on getting your quarters ready for Wednesday's house-warming.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • The corpse was removed on the same night on which Colonel Sparmiento gave his house-warming.

  • I believe Mrs. Arnold is to give her house-warming some time soon.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • "It looks as though you'd have more than you bargained for at the house-warming," he said.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • Cards for the house-warming had been out for two weeks, and the event was near.

    A Little Journey in the World Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for house-warming


  1. a party given after moving into a new home
  2. (as modifier): a house-warming party
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for house-warming



"celebration of a new home," 1570s, from house (n.) + present participle of warm.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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