- a building or part of a prison in which persons condemned to death await execution.
Origin of death house
First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for death house
It was a flower mausoleum; a vault of bouquets, a death-house of memories.The Goose Man
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.
Even in the death-house the sanctity of the professional relation as between a convicted man and his legal adviser was preserved.