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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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  • Then introduce the approved tom, and allow them to remain together—say for a night—in some outbuilding or spare room.

    The Cat Philip M. Rule
  • The negro was busy cooking supper in the outbuilding which served as a kitchen.

  • Maybe theres some outbuilding, or some secret cache where the pirates or settlers hid their stuff.

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
  • It was the outbuilding of which our refuge was the cellar, and it was half filled with light.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • I suppose he was aiming at the bakery again, but he killed nobody and only destroyed an outbuilding.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • 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
  • Full of misgiving, he laid Garnet upon a heap of straw in an outbuilding, and entered the house.

    Guy Fawkes William Harrison Ainsworth
  • The house was partly furnished but unoccupied, and an old negro in an outbuilding gave us the keys.

  • The outbuilding we were lodged in abutted on a road, and was outside the proper enceinte of the house.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • 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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