noun, plural play·hous·es [pley-hou-ziz] /ˈpleɪˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a theater.
a small house for children to play in.
a toy house.

Origin of playhouse

1590–1600; play + house; compare Old English pleghūs, as gloss of Latin theātrum theater Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for playhouse

Contemporary Examples of playhouse

  • It left court-watchers wondering if the child's body might have first been stored inside the playhouse.

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    Did They Get Her?

    Diane Dimond

    June 15, 2011

Historical Examples of playhouse

  • Colds caught at this season are The Companion to the Playhouse.

  • I was in the playhouse one night when Cà Ira was called for.

  • There was a balcony from which you could look down on the dancers as from the gallery of a playhouse.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • She calls it her playhouse and you'd think 'twas Heaven the way she loves to stay there.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • In the autumn of 1580 he saw an opportunity to break the lease and close the playhouse.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams

British Dictionary definitions for playhouse



a theatre where live dramatic performances are given
a toy house, small room, etc, for children to play in
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Word Origin and History for playhouse

late Old English pleghus; see play (n.) + house (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper