a detached building subordinate to a main building.

Origin of outbuilding

First recorded in 1620–30; out- + building
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Examples from the Web for outbuilding

Historical Examples of outbuilding

  • Tom, Randolph, Fred and Rossiter were allotted to a chamber in an outbuilding.

    Gulf and Glacier

    Willis Boyd Allen

  • Jim Sanders had, it appeared, hidden there in an outbuilding: why not Rupert Trevlyn?

    Trevlyn Hold

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • The negro was busy cooking supper in the outbuilding which served as a kitchen.

  • I could see him from the verandah, and I sent Jim to offer him shelter in an outbuilding.

    The Book of the Bush

    George Dunderdale

  • It was the outbuilding of which our refuge was the cellar, and it was half filled with light.


    John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for outbuilding



a building subordinate to but separate from a main building; outhouse
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