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  1. a detached building subordinate to a main building.
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Origin of outbuilding

First recorded in 1620–30; out- + building
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Related Words for out-building

latrine, bathroom, lavatory, outbuilding, shed, privy, washroom, WC

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Historical Examples of out-building

  • Deck preferred the out-building to Cuffy's bed, which he offered them.

    A Lieutenant at Eighteen

    Oliver Optic

  • The last words were uttered as a couple of farm-hands came from an out-building to see what was astir.

    Legends of Longdendale

    Thomas Middleton

  • Whoever burns an out-building shall be imprisoned six months, receive fifty lashes, and pay all damages.

  • My barn, carriage-house and stable, together with every other out-building, were nowhere to be seen.

  • He evidently kept his gun and ammunition in this out-building, for he had a powder-horn and shot-bag suspended from his shoulders.

British Dictionary definitions for out-building


  1. a building subordinate to but separate from a main building; outhouse
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Word Origin and History for out-building


"a detached or subordinate building," 1620s, from out + building (n.).

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