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[pley-hous] /ˈpleɪˌhaʊs/
noun, plural playhouses
[pley-hou-ziz] /ˈpleɪˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a theater.
a small house for children to play in.
a toy house.
Origin of playhouse
1590-1600; play + house; compare Old English pleghūs, as gloss of Latin theātrum theater Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for playhouse
Contemporary Examples
  • It left court-watchers wondering if the child's body might have first been stored inside the playhouse.

Historical Examples
  • Colds caught at this season are The Companion to the playhouse.

  • I was in the playhouse one night when Cà Ira was called for.

  • There was a balcony from which you could look down on the dancers as from the gallery of a playhouse.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • She calls it her playhouse and you'd think 'twas Heaven the way she loves to stay there.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In the autumn of 1580 he saw an opportunity to break the lease and close the playhouse.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • The first passage cited may refer to the playhouse at Newington Butts.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • After this there is no evidence to connect the playhouse with dramatic performances.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • This is the last that we hear of the playhouse, that was "in times past as famous as any of the other."

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • For a time, no doubt, affairs at the playhouse were at a standstill.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for playhouse


a theatre where live dramatic performances are given
a toy house, small room, etc, for children to play in
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for playhouse

late Old English pleghus; see play (n.) + house (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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