a party to celebrate a person's or family's move to a new home.

Origin of housewarming

First recorded in 1570–80; house + warm + -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for house-warming

Historical Examples of house-warming

  • You go on getting your quarters ready for Wednesday's house-warming.

    Under Fire

    Charles King

  • I believe Mrs. Arnold is to give her house-warming some time soon.

    The Lost Despatch

    Natalie Sumner Lincoln

  • So they determined, a week after school opened, to have “a house-warming.”

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe

  • No other house-warming could have pleased us so well as this.

  • If there was any tension among us just after the house-warming, it was not noticeable.

    Aladdin & Co.

    Herbert Quick

British Dictionary definitions for house-warming



  1. a party given after moving into a new home
  2. (as modifier)a house-warming party
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Word Origin and History for house-warming



"celebration of a new home," 1570s, from house (n.) + present participle of warm.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper