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[out-bil-ding] /ˈaʊtˌbɪl dɪŋ/
a detached building subordinate to a main building.
Origin of outbuilding
First recorded in 1620-30; out- + building Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tom, Randolph, Fred and Rossiter were allotted to a chamber in an outbuilding.

    Gulf and Glacier Willis Boyd Allen
  • Jim Sanders had, it appeared, hidden there in an outbuilding: why not Rupert Trevlyn?

    Trevlyn Hold Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The negro was busy cooking supper in the outbuilding which served as a kitchen.

  • I could see him from the verandah, and I sent Jim to offer him shelter in an outbuilding.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • It was the outbuilding of which our refuge was the cellar, and it was half filled with light.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • The building was a dingy yellow-brick residence outside the village, with the schoolroom as an outbuilding of lath and plaster.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • And Harlan saw Woodward come from behind an outbuilding, look toward the ranchhouse, and then walk slowly toward them.

    'Drag' Harlan

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • He could be boarded at the almshouse for nothing, and, chained in an outbuilding, he would not require any care.

    Daughters of the Puritans Seth Curtis Beach
  • The house was partly furnished but unoccupied, and an old negro in an outbuilding gave us the keys.

  • Betty went into the pig house, the chicken house and yard, and every outbuilding.

British Dictionary definitions for outbuilding


a building subordinate to but separate from a main building; outhouse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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