- partly detached.
- of or relating to a house joined by a party wall to another house or row of houses.
Origin of semidetached
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Examples from the Web for semi-detached
Don't you perceive, my dear Sir, that your house is now semi-detached?
To be in keeping with the inhabitants the house, no doubt, is "semi-detached."
And so, alls well that ends well, even if it be only a Semi-Detached House.Miss Eden's Letters
Semi-detached for you, I suppose, and a houseful of new furniture.Hobson's Choice
It is really bigger than we want, although it's only a semi-detached villa.The Squire's Daughter
- (of a building) joined to another on one side by a common wall
- (as noun)they live in a suburban semidetached
Word Origin and History for semi-detached
The "Detached House" bears its peculiar characteristic on its front; it stands alone, and nothing more can be said about it; but with the "semi-detached house" there is a subtle mystery, much to be marvelled at. Semi-detached! Have the party-walls between two houses shrunk, or is there a bridge connecting the two, as in Mr. Beckford's house in Landsdown Crescent, Bath? A semi-detached house may be a house with a field on one side and a bone-boiling factory on the other. Semi-detached may mean half-tumbling to pieces. I must inquire into it. ["Houses to Let," in "Household Words," March 20, 1852]
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