American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A theater.
- n. A small house for children to play in.
- n. A child's toy house; a dollhouse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house appropriated to dramatic performances; a theater.
- n. A theater; a venue for performing plays.
- n. A toy house for children to play in; a cubby house or Wendy house.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A building used for dramatic exhibitions; a theater.
- n. A house for children to play in; a toyhouse.
- n. plaything consisting of a small model of a house that children can play inside of
- play + house (Wiktionary)
“The playhouse is made from cedar or ship lapped pine siding.”
“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.”
“If your friends suck, and your local playhouse is full of idiots (as most are), you’re going to need to recruit your talent.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Next to the playhouse is a theater that shows independent films (admission, $8; 561-296-9382).”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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