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noun, plural spring·hous·es [spring-hou-ziz] /ˈsprɪŋˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a small storehouse built over a spring or part of a brook, for keeping such foods as meat and dairy products cool and fresh.
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Origin of springhouse

An Americanism dating back to 1745–55; spring + house
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Examples from the Web for springhouse

Historical Examples

  • A springhouse (L) stands at the entrance to the ear-shaped site.

    North Dakota


  • She had despatched Katy and Jane to the springhouse after milk and butter.

  • Johnnie an' me was gettin' you out of the springhouse and away in the machine.

    The Power and the Glory

    Grace MacGowan Cooke

  • Then he went to the springhouse by the well, and filled the little bottle with milk from the big can.

    Half-Past Seven Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • Lovely flocks of rose-breasted grosbeaks were here yesterday in the high elms above the springhouse.

British Dictionary definitions for springhouse


  1. a storehouse built over a spring for keeping dairy products and meat cool and fresh
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