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meeting house

or meet·ing·house

  1. a house or building for religious worship.
  2. a house of worship for Quakers.
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Origin of meeting house

First recorded in 1625–35
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Historical Examples

  • It was Sunday, and he had strolled into a church or meeting-house—does it matter which?

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The meeting-house was filled long before the services did begin.

  • The stocks and the whipping-post stood by the side of the meeting-house.

  • Like the school-house and meeting-house, it has become glorified by our men of letters.

  • The meeting-house and most of the dwelling-houses were burned.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for meeting-house

meeting house

  1. the place in which certain religious groups, esp Quakers, hold their meetings for worship
  2. Also called: wharepuni NZ a large Māori tribal hall
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Word Origin and History for meeting-house


also meetinghouse, 1630s, from meeting (n.) + house (n.).

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