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[out-bil-ding] /ˈaʊtˌbɪl dɪŋ/
a detached building subordinate to a main building.
Origin of outbuilding
1620-30; out- + building Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He evidently kept his gun and ammunition in this out-building, for he had a powder-horn and shot-bag suspended from his shoulders.

  • The last words were uttered as a couple of farm-hands came from an out-building to see what was astir.

    Legends of Longdendale Thomas Middleton
  • Whoever burns an out-building shall be imprisoned six months, receive fifty lashes, and pay all damages.

    A History of Oregon, 1792-1849 William Henry Gray
  • My barn, carriage-house and stable, together with every other out-building, were nowhere to be seen.

  • Deck preferred the out-building to Cuffy's bed, which he offered them.

  • In a third out-building lived a gray-headed old negro with one eye, who cooked for the new tenant—and cooked well.

    Rodman the Keeper Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • The old loom became a hen-roost in an out-building; and the crackle upon which the flax was broken,—where, oh, where is it?

    In the Catskills John Burroughs
  • Has been insane thirty-eight years, under the management of his relatives, who have generally had him confined in an out-building.

  • The load had halted, not in front of the house, but at the door of the out-building with the chimney.

    The Doings Of Raffles Haw Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The two latter were the persons that escaped from the out-building in the old lady's yard.

British Dictionary definitions for out-building


a building subordinate to but separate from a main building; outhouse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for out-building

"a detached or subordinate building," 1620s, from out + building (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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