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noun
a party or reception during which anyone who wishes may visit to share in a celebration, meet a special guest, etc.
a time during which a school, institution, etc., is open to the public for exhibition or for some specific occasion.
a house hospitably open to all friends who may wish to visit it.
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Idioms about open house

    keep open house, to be prepared to entertain visitors at any time: They keep open house for artists and writers.

Origin of open house

First recorded in 1520–30
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British Dictionary definitions for open house

open house

noun
US and Canadian an occasion on which an institution, such as a school, is open for inspection by the publicAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): open day, at-home
keep open house to be always ready to provide hospitality
US and NZ a house available for inspection by prospective buyers
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