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[sem-ee-di-tacht, sem-ahy-]
  1. partly detached.
  2. of or relating to a house joined by a party wall to another house or row of houses.
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Origin of semidetached

First recorded in 1855–60; semi- + detached
Related formssem·i·de·tach·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for semi-detached

Historical Examples of semi-detached

  • Don't you perceive, my dear Sir, that your house is now semi-detached?

    Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol 150, February 9, 1916


  • 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.

  • Semi-detached for you, I suppose, and a houseful of new furniture.

    Hobson's Choice

    Harold Brighouse

  • It is really bigger than we want, although it's only a semi-detached villa.

    The Squire's Daughter

    Archibald Marshall

British Dictionary definitions for semi-detached


    1. (of a building) joined to another on one side by a common wall
    2. (as noun)they live in a suburban semidetached
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Word Origin and History for semi-detached


in reference to houses, 1845, from semi- + past participle of detach (v.).

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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