a small, makeshift or crude shelter or habitation, as of boughs, poles, skins, earth, or rough boards; cabin or hut.
a house used as a temporary residence, as in the hunting season.
a summer cottage.
a house or cottage, as in a park or on an estate, occupied by a gatekeeper, caretaker, gardener, or other employee.
a resort hotel, motel, or inn.
the main building of a camp, resort hotel, or the like.
the meeting place of a branch of certain fraternal organizations.
the members composing the branch: The lodge is planning a picnic.
the Indians who live in such a dwelling or a family or unit of North American Indians.
the home of a college head at Cambridge University, England.
the den of an animal or group of animals, especially beavers.
to have a habitation or quarters, especially temporarily, as in a hotel, motel, or inn: We lodged in a guest house.
to live in rented quarters in another's house: He lodged with a local family during his college days.
to be fixed, implanted, or caught in a place or position; come to rest; stick: The bullet lodged in his leg.
to furnish with a habitation or quarters, especially temporarily; accommodate: Can you lodge us for the night?
to furnish with a room or rooms in one's house for payment; have as a lodger: a boardinghouse that lodges oil workers.
to serve as a residence, shelter, or dwelling for; shelter: The château will lodge the ambassador during his stay.
to put, store, or deposit, as in a place, for storage or keeping; stow: to lodge one's valuables in a hotel safe.
to bring or send into a particular place or position.
to house or contain: The spinal canal lodges and protects the spinal cord.
to vest (power, authority, etc.).
to put or bring (information, a complaint, etc.) before a court or other authority.
to beat down or lay flat, as vegetation in a storm: A sudden hail had lodged the crops.
to track (a deer) to its lair.
- lodge·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for Lodge (2 of 2)
Henry Cabot, 1850–1924, U.S. public servant and author: senator 1893–1924.
his grandson, Henry Cabot, Jr., 1902–85, U.S. journalist, statesman, and diplomat.
Sir Oliver Joseph, 1851–1940, English physicist and writer.
Thomas, 1558?–1625, English poet and dramatist.
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How to use lodge in a sentence
One is the famous heartworm that lodges in the heart of dogs.Vampires without Glitter or Girl Problems: Inside Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ | Andrew Romano | July 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On eight of the trips, all expenses to the hunting lodges were either improper use of campaign funds or impermissible gifts.Alaska Republican Hand-Slapped for Improper Hunting Lodge Trips | Tim Mak | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Native American medicine men were to prepare sweat lodges, along with traditional healing ceremonies.The Idea of Public Land Means Nothing to Utah County Commissioner | Doug Peacock | May 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the role of the Vatican under the last two popes called Pius lodges deep in that responsibility.
At night, athletes visit the various other team lodges and party.
Masonic lodges on the other hand, are generally regarded as charitable institutions.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
It appeared that there were at that time thirteen lodges of the society in London, and a few in other places.
The lodges of Fire Bear and his followers were placed in a circle, in a grove somber enough for Druidical sacrifice.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
I told your highness that the house is taken for a year; we know the lady lodges on the first story.Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere
When I speak, hunters hide in their lodges; animals crawl into their holes; and birds fly in fear.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children | Mabel Powers
British Dictionary definitions for lodge (1 of 3)
mainly British a small house at the entrance to the grounds of a country mansion, usually occupied by a gatekeeper or gardener
a house or cabin used occasionally, as for some seasonal activity
US and Canadian a central building in a resort, camp, or park
(capital when part of a name) a large house or hotel
a room for the use of porters in a university, college, etc
a local branch or chapter of certain societies
the building used as the meeting place of such a society
the dwelling place of certain animals, esp the dome-shaped den constructed by beavers
a hut or tent of certain North American Indian peoples
(at Cambridge University) the residence of the head of a college
to provide or be provided with accommodation or shelter, esp rented accommodation
(intr) to live temporarily, esp in rented accommodation
to implant, embed, or fix or be implanted, embedded, or fixed
(tr) to deposit or leave for safety, storage, etc
(tr) to bring (a charge or accusation) against someone
(tr; often foll by in or with) to place (authority, power, etc) in the control (of someone)
(intr often foll by in) archaic to exist or be present (in)
(tr) (of wind, rain, etc) to beat down (crops)
- lodgeable, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Lodge (2 of 3)
David (John). born 1935, British novelist and critic. His books include Changing Places (1975), Small World (1984), Nice Work (1988), Therapy (1995), and Thinks... (2001)
Sir Oliver (Joseph). 1851–1940, British physicist, who made important contributions to electromagnetism, radio reception, and attempted to detect the ether. He also studied allegedly psychic phenomena
Thomas. ?1558–1625, English writer. His romance Rosalynde (1590) supplied the plot for Shakespeare's As You Like It
British Dictionary definitions for Lodge (3 of 3)
the Lodge the official Canberra residence of the Australian Prime Minister
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