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noun, plural play·hous·es [pley-hou-ziz] /ˈpleɪˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a theater.
  2. a small house for children to play in.
  3. a toy house.
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Origin of playhouse

1590–1600; play + house; compare Old English pleghūs, as gloss of Latin theātrum theater
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  • 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


  1. a theatre where live dramatic performances are given
  2. 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.).

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