- 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 townhouse
It was filmed in the real $50,000-a-month Tribeca townhouse that Strauss-Kahn and his wife, Anne Sinclair, rented back in 2011.We Watch the DSK Sex Romp So You Don’t Have To
May 20, 2014
One mum, who lives in a £5m townhouse in Chelsea told me the following tale about her English nanny.Kate Hired a Spanish Nanny And Who Can Blame Her? English Nannies Suck
March 14, 2014
The young lawyer was returning to her townhouse near Regents Park with her boyfriend when she was accosted soon after dark.Thief Holds Tony Blair’s Daughter At Gunpoint Demanding Jewels and Cash
September 19, 2013
Dorner appears to have broken into the townhouse, near Route 38, after police found his car.How Christopher Dorner Went Down
February 14, 2013
But by the time the Special Operations team got to the townhouse, Zarqawi had already escaped.Gen. Stanley McChrystal Takes High Road on Obama in New Memoir
January 7, 2013
The townhouse is also very nobly built, with a high tower to it.The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)
We met them and they brought us to their townhouse, but they never hurt us.
They were frightened and drew near together in the townhouse, and no one whispered.
Each city had its plaza, its townhouse, its officials, and its law-courts.The South American Republics, Part II (of 2)
Thomas C. Dawson
My brother lodged again at our grand-uncle's, while the Junker dwelt at the Waldstromer's townhouse.Margery [Gred], Complete
- 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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Word Origin and History for townhouse
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