from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cottage or cabin, often rustic, used as a temporary abode or shelter.
  • noun A small house on the grounds of an estate or a park, used by a caretaker or gatekeeper.
  • noun An inn.
  • noun Any of various Native American dwellings, such as a hogan, wigwam, or longhouse.
  • noun The group living in such a dwelling.
  • noun A local chapter of certain fraternal organizations.
  • noun The meeting hall of such a chapter.
  • noun The members of such a chapter.
  • noun The den of certain animals, such as the dome-shaped structure built by beavers.
  • intransitive verb To provide with temporary quarters, especially for sleeping.
  • intransitive verb To rent a room to.
  • intransitive verb To place or establish in quarters.
  • intransitive verb To serve as a depository for; contain.
  • intransitive verb To place, leave, or deposit, as for safety.
  • intransitive verb To fix, force, or implant.
  • intransitive verb To register (a charge or complaint, for example) before an authority, such as a court; file.
  • intransitive verb To vest (authority, for example).
  • intransitive verb To beat (crops) down flat.
  • intransitive verb To live in a place temporarily.
  • intransitive verb To rent accommodations, especially for sleeping.
  • intransitive verb To be or become embedded.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hut; a cottage; a house affording merely the simplest accommodations; a temporary habitation; with reference to the North American Indians, a hut constructed of poles and branches, skins, or rough boards.
  • noun A small house in a park, forest, or demesne; a gate-house; also, a small house or cottage connected with a larger house: as, a porter's lodge.
  • noun Any covered place of shelter, as a den or cave in which wild beasts lurk; in hunting, the shelter of the buck or doe.
  • noun The place in which a body of workmen were employed; a working-place or workshop, especially one of masons or builders.
  • noun A place of meeting for members of a secret society, as that of the Freemasons or the Odd Fellows; hence, a body of members of such a society meeting in one place, in either an individual or a representative capacity, in the latter case constituting a district or a grand lodge; also, among the Freemasons, a meeting, session, or convention of such a body.
  • noun A collection of similar objects situated close to one another.
  • noun In mining, the bottom of a shaft or of any other cavity where the water of the mine has an opportunity to collect, so that it may be pumped out. The word sump is much more commonly used in the United States.
  • To furnish with a lodge or habitation, especially a temporary one; provide with a transient or temporary place of abode; harbor.
  • To set, lay, place, or deposit, as in a place of rest, or for preservation or future action: as, to lodge money in a bank; to lodge a complaint in court.
  • To find an abode for; assign a residence to; put in possession.
  • To plant or implant; infix; fix or settle; place: as, to lodge an arrow in one's breast.
  • To bring to a lodgment; beat down; lay flat: said especially of vegetation.
  • To entrap, as in a place of lodgment.
  • To have a lodge or an abode, especially a temporary one; be furnished with shelter and accommodation.
  • To have an abiding-place; dwell; have a fixed position.
  • To be deposited or fixed; settle: as, a seed lodged in a crevice of a rock.
  • To be beaten down or laid flat, as grain.
  • noun In Cambridge, England, the residence of the head of a college.
  • noun In mining, a cabin at the pit-head for workmen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To rest or remain a lodge house, or other shelter; to rest; to stay; to abide; esp., to sleep at night.
  • intransitive verb To fall or lie down, as grass or grain, when overgrown or beaten down by the wind.
  • intransitive verb To come to a rest; to stop and remain; to become stuck or caught.
  • noun A shelter in which one may rest
  • noun A shed; a rude cabin; a hut.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French loge, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English logge, from Old French loge ("arbor, covered walk-way"), Medieval Latin lobia, laubia, from Frankish *laubija (“shelter”), from Proto-Germanic *laubijō (“arbour, protective roof, shelter made of foliage”), from Proto-Germanic *lauban (“leaf”), from Proto-Indo-European *lōubh- (“the outer parts of a tree, bark, foliage”). Cognate with Old High German louba ("porch, gallery") (German Laube ("bower, arbor")), Old High German loub ("leaf, foliage"), Old English lēaf ("leaf, foliage"). Related to lobby, loggia, leaf.


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