noun, plural chop·hous·es [chop-hou-ziz] /ˈtʃɒpˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a restaurant specializing in chop, steaks, and the like.

Origin of chophouse

First recorded in 1680–90; chop1 + house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chop-house

Historical Examples of chop-house

  • For more than twenty years he dined daily at Dolly's Chop-house.

    A Book about Doctors

    John Cordy Jeaffreson

  • Close by used to be the tavern called "Dolly's Chop-House," removed in 1883.

  • That night we dined at a chop-house in the Strand with two friends.

  • The three sailors took the three Chums over to the chop-house, where they were given a hearty welcome by the sailor's uncle.

    Billy Whiskers' Adventures

    Frances Trego Montgomery

  • When they were all safely on the ground they made for the back yard of the chop-house as fast as their legs would carry them.

    Billy Whiskers' Adventures

    Frances Trego Montgomery

British Dictionary definitions for chop-house




a restaurant specializing in steaks, grills, chops, etc




(formerly) a customs house in China
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Word Origin and History for chop-house

1680s, "a mean house of entertainment, where provision ready dressed is sold" [Johnson], from chop (n.) in the "meat" sense + house (n.).

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