a building or place of shelter to live in; place of residence; abode; home.

Origin of dwelling

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at dwell, -ing1
Related formsmul·ti·dwell·ing, noun, adjective

Synonyms for dwelling

See house.
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Examples from the Web for dwellings

Contemporary Examples of dwellings

  • There are four dwellings to choose from and more than a half dozen other structures in which to swing a cat.

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    July 24, 2009

Historical Examples of dwellings

British Dictionary definitions for dwellings



formal, literary a place of residence
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Word Origin and History for dwellings



"place of residence," mid-14c., verbal noun from dwell (v.).

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