noun, plural hen·hous·es [hen-hou-ziz] /ˈhɛnˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a shelter for poultry.

Origin of henhouse

First recorded in 1505–15; hen + house
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Examples from the Web for hen-house

Historical Examples of hen-house

  • Would you take me out to the hen-house, to see your cock and hen, Mrs. Owen?

    Peggy in Her Blue Frock

    Eliza Orne White

  • As Mrs. Owen came near the hen-house, she stood still, in amazement.

    Peggy in Her Blue Frock

    Eliza Orne White

  • The boys' hen-house, however, which was in the yard, had never been troubled.

    Two Little Confederates

    Thomas Nelson Page

  • And I dodged on off, sorter laughin' as I ducked behind the hen-house.

    Old Ebenezer

    Opie Read

  • Mother (to little girl who had been sent to the hen-house for eggs): "Well, dear, were there no eggs?"

British Dictionary definitions for hen-house



a coop for hens
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Word Origin and History for hen-house

1510s, from hen + house (n.). As a place cheifly inhabited by or ruled by women, from 1785.

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