[ dwel-ing ]
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  1. 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

synonym study For dwelling

See house.

Other words from dwelling

  • mul·ti·dwell·ing, noun, adjective

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How to use dwelling in a sentence

  • This property is well laid out, and has a considerable number of dwellings already erected on it for the workpeople.

    Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
  • He had received to the peace some complaisant Scots whose lands or dwellings lay on his northward route.

    King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
  • It transmits our messages to and from our friends, and prepares the light that illuminates our streets and dwellings.

    Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward

British Dictionary definitions for dwelling


/ (ˈdwɛlɪŋ) /

  1. formal, literary a place of residence

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