- a house in the city, especially as distinguished from a house in the country owned by the same person.
- a luxurious house in a large city, occupied entirely by one family.
- one of a row of houses joined by common sidewalls.
Origin of town house
First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for town house
The honeymoon will be spent at the town-house of the groom, in York Terrace.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Salem kept its "fire-buckets and hook'd poles" in the town-house.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
The magistrates assembled at the door of their town-house to receive him.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
There is neither school-house, nor town-house in its neighborhood.My Bondage and My Freedom
Pushing on, he made his appearance in the town-house, where the magistrates were assembled.The Ferryman of Brill
William H. G. Kingston
- a terraced house in an urban area, esp a fashionable one, often having the main living room on the first floor with an integral garage on the ground floor
- a person's town residence as distinct from his country residence
- another name (now chiefly Scot) for town hall
- Also called: row house, (chiefly Brit) terraced house US and Canadian a house that is part of a terrace
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