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noun, plural gate·hous·es [geyt-hou-ziz] /ˈgeɪtˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a house at or over a gate, used as a gatekeeper's quarters, fortification, etc.
  2. a house or structure at the gate of a dam, reservoir, etc., with equipment or controls for regulating the flow of water.
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Origin of gatehouse

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at gate1, house
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Historical Examples

  • The rectory was often surrounded by a moat, with an entrance protected by a gatehouse.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • Six men came hurrying from the gatehouse, and the Cardinal called to them.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Its gatehouse and turrets were built for him from plans by Holbein.

  • But the young sculptor had not been at the gatehouse when Arsinoe went by.

  • The front on Chancery Lane and the gatehouse there were designed in 1518.

British Dictionary definitions for gatehouse


  1. a building above or beside an entrance gate to a city, university, etc, often housing a porter or guard, or (formerly) used as a fortification
  2. a small house at the entrance to the grounds of a country mansion
  3. a structure that houses the controls operating lock gates or dam sluices
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Word Origin and History for gatehouse


"house for a gatekeeper," late 14c., from gate (n.) + house (n.).

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