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[glas-hous, glahs-]
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noun, plural glass·hous·es [glas-hou-ziz, glahs-] /ˈglæsˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈglɑs-/.
  1. a glassworks.
  2. Chiefly British. a green-house.
  3. British Informal. a military prison.
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Origin of glasshouse

First recorded in 1350–1400, glasshouse is from the Middle English word glas hous. See glass, house
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Related Words for glasshouse

conservatory, nursery, arboretum, glasshouse

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Historical Examples of glasshouse

  • All the glasshouse was spanned and arched over with one beautiful vine.

    Bliss, and Other Stories

    Katherine Mansfield

  • "I was trying to find the Queen's Glasshouse Chapel, officer," said he.

    The Regent

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • That bland, blundering fool, that glasshouse, that damned supercilious ass: all this and more he cried upon James.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Now he saw in through the pale blue silk curtains of the first glasshouse.

    Wang the Ninth

    Putnam Weale

  • A long-established legend that beads were manufactured at the Jamestown glasshouse is without archeological evidence.

British Dictionary definitions for glasshouse


  1. British a glass building, esp a greenhouse, used for growing plants in protected or controlled conditions
  2. obsolete, informal, mainly British a military detention centre
  3. US another word for glassworks
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