[ out-bil-ding ]
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  1. a detached building subordinate to a main building.

Origin of outbuilding

First recorded in 1620–30; out- + building

Words Nearby outbuilding

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How to use outbuilding in a sentence

  • He tried to remember whether a tree or roof of an outbuilding against any of the windows made this means of escape possible.

    The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
  • A third outbuilding puzzled the Murnan carpenters even more than the two-storied wooden house and the enormous barn.

    Blind Man's Lantern | Allen Kim Lang
  • The building was a dingy yellow-brick residence outside the village, with the schoolroom as an outbuilding of lath and plaster.

    Tono Bungay | H. G. Wells
  • And Harlan saw Woodward come from behind an outbuilding, look toward the ranchhouse, and then walk slowly toward them.

    'Drag' Harlan | Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Another crash and quaking, and this time in a cloud of dust an outbuilding jumped and tumbled asunder.

British Dictionary definitions for outbuilding


/ (ˈaʊtˌbɪldɪŋ) /

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

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