[noun wair-hous; verb wair-houz, -hous]

noun, plural ware·hous·es [wair-hou-ziz] /ˈwɛərˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a building, or a part of one, for the storage of goods, merchandise, etc.
British. a large retail store.
a building, or a part of one, in which wholesalers keep large stocks of merchandise, which they display and sell to retailers.

verb (used with object), ware·housed [wair-houzd] /ˈwɛərˌhaʊzd/, ware·hous·ing [wair-hou-zing] /ˈwɛərˌhaʊ zɪŋ/.

Origin of warehouse

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at ware1, house
Related formsmin·i·ware·house, noun
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Examples from the Web for warehouse

Contemporary Examples of warehouse

Historical Examples of warehouse

  • A warehouse of facts, with poet and liar in joint ownership.

  • He was at the warehouse with the earliest clerk and left it with the latest.

  • Then I promptly forgot all about her and ran off into a warehouse where the gang had gone to slide.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • My father's warehouse, too, lost its mystery as I grew older.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • As I drudged on down there in the warehouse, my bitterness became an obsession.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for warehouse


noun (ˈwɛəˌhaʊs)

a place where goods are stored prior to their use, distribution, or sale
mainly British a large commercial, esp wholesale, establishment

verb (ˈwɛəˌhaʊz, -ˌhaʊs)

(tr) to store or place in a warehouse, esp a bonded warehouse
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Word Origin and History for warehouse

mid-14c., from ware (n.) + house. Cf. Dutch warenhuis, German warenhaus. Meaning "large impersonal institution" is American English colloquial, first attested 1970.


1799, from warehouse (n.). In the colloquial sense from 1972. Related: Warehoused; warehousing.

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