[ pley-hous ]
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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.

  1. a toy house.

Origin of playhouse

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

Words Nearby playhouse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use playhouse in a sentence

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

    Did They Get Her? | Diane Dimond | June 15, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Ed Stern, who is the Artistic Director of the Cincinnati playhouse, finally said he couldn't handle it anymore.

  • Other plays including tragedies and comedies, famous and not so famous, were acted at the Williamsburg playhouse.

  • George Washington enjoyed dramatic presentations very much and on numerous occasions visited the Williamsburg playhouse.

  • The first playhouse, we should remember, was not erected by a troupe of actors, but by a money-seeking individual.

    Shakespearean Playhouses | Joseph Quincy Adams
  • It was this bit of "void ground" that Burbage had selected as a suitable location for his proposed playhouse.

    Shakespearean Playhouses | Joseph Quincy Adams
  • One Edmund Peckham laid claim to the land on which the playhouse had been built, and brought suit against Alleyn for recovery.

    Shakespearean Playhouses | Joseph Quincy Adams

British Dictionary definitions for playhouse


/ (ˈpleɪˌhaʊs) /

  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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