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noun, plural guard·hous·es [gahrd-hou-ziz] /ˈgɑrdˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a building used for housing military personnel on guard duty.
  2. a building used for the temporary detention of military prisoners.
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Origin of guardhouse

First recorded in 1585–95; guard + house
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  • A man-at-arms lounged out of the guardhouse to inquire our business.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • You are going to the guardhouse for disobedience and bad language and impertinence.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Thus, by forcing their way into the guardhouse, the friars, brought him into the city.

  • Finally, at noon a new officer checked in for duty at the guardhouse.

    Next Door, Next World

    Robert Donald Locke

  • He brought out the pistol he'd taken off the captain in the guardhouse.

    Next Door, Next World

    Robert Donald Locke

British Dictionary definitions for guardhouse


  1. military a building serving as the headquarters or a post for military police and in which military prisoners are detained
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