Definitions

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

  • n. A theater.
  • n. A small house for children to play in.
  • n. A child's toy house; a dollhouse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A theater; a venue for performing plays.
  • n. A toy house for children to play in; a cubby house or Wendy house.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A building used for dramatic exhibitions; a theater.
  • n. A house for children to play in; a toyhouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A house appropriated to dramatic performances; a theater.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. plaything consisting of a small model of a house that children can play inside of

Etymologies

play + house (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The playhouse is made from cedar or ship lapped pine siding.

    Boing Boing: May 21, 2006 - May 27, 2006 Archives

  • Iranis Beunaz Hossayoni and wife Behjat, with his mother Pejman, travel to Dubai regularly from Teheran, calling Dubai a 'playhouse' - a good shopping hub where they can find everything they need.

    Khaleej Times : UAE News

  • If your friends suck, and your local playhouse is full of idiots (as most are), you’re going to need to recruit your talent.

    Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat

  • Beside the playhouse was the "house in earnest," which has become a "belilaced cellar hole," and, behind it, a brook "Too lofty and original to rage."

    'Hard to Understand, but Easy to Love'

  • Their original house was then torn down by Vincent Astor's second wife, Minnie Cushing, and they moved into the guest house -- also sometimes called the playhouse, now called the Astor Courts -- on the property that White said had been inspired by the Grand Trianon at Versailles.

    Patricia Zohn: Culture Zohn: Astor Courts: Three Wives Pave the Way for Chelsea

  • Next to the playhouse is a theater that shows independent films (admission, $8; 561-296-9382).

    Lake Worth, Fla.

  • In the ad, two happy, long-haired, white girls are opening and setting up the playhouse, which is filled with "accessories" - which, of course, are sold separately.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • A year later, we were rooming together in Chicago, writing and directing small black box late night comedies in a run down little theatre in a less-than-salubrious neighborhood - the playhouse was across the street from a crack house.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • As soon as we were out back, sitting on the porch of what I used to call my fort, but which my sister and parents referred to as the playhouse, I started freaking, I was suddenly and incredibly aware that I was out with Barbie.

    The Worst Years of Your Life

  • When Dryden, late in the seventeenth century, wrote, "The playhouse is their place of traffic, where/Nightly they sit to sell their rotten ware," he was alluding to a state of affairs that had already been widely commented upon in the Elizabethan period and earlier.

    Wrong Side of the River: London's disreputable South Bank in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Jessica A. Browner

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