death house


a building or part of a prison in which persons condemned to death await execution.

Origin of death house

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for death house

  • It was a flower mausoleum; a vault of bouquets, a death-house of memories.

    The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann
  • Clancy would have stopped the procession to the death-house to powder her nose.

    Find the Woman|Arthur Somers Roche
  • At length there came a morning when the death-house seemed to close in on him, tighter and tighter.

    Ladies and Gentlemen |Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
  • Even in the death-house the sanctity of the professional relation as between a convicted man and his legal adviser was preserved.

    Ladies and Gentlemen |Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb