from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A house containing a number of flats.


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  • The row of budding trees, the new brick and limestone house-fronts, the Georgian flat-house with flowerboxes on its balconies, were merged together into the setting of a familiar scene.

    The House of Mirth

  • She looked across at the flat-house with its marble porch and pseudo-Georgian facade.

    The House of Mirth

  • They then moved his bed to the window that he might look down upon the stately avenue that ran by the flat-house, and watch the people going to and fro about their business.

    The Idler Magazine, Volume III, June 1893 An Illustrated Monthly

  • It wasn't like the Washington but it was a flat-house.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

  • In respectable neighborhoods which they tried they found that the prices were impossible for them; but at last, upon the edge of a tenement district, they found a corner flat-house, with a saloon underneath, where there were two tiny bedrooms for rent in an apartment.

    Love's Pilgrimage

  • Fortunately it was just high water at 3 o'clock when the last sheaf was put in the flat and so it could be poled up the river and put safely under the flat-house.

    A Woman Rice Planter

  • He tilted his head back and surveyed the half-finished front of a brick and limestone flat-house that reared its flimsy elegance above a row of tottering tenements and stables.

    The Bolted Door

  • It was condemned to demolition, and in the respite between sentence and execution it had become a vague place of storage, a hospital for broken-down carriages and carts, presided over by a blear-eyed old woman who knew nothing of Flood's garage across the way -- did not even remember what had stood there before the new flat-house began to rise.

    The Bolted Door

  • We came a moment later to the flat-house through the hall of which we had reached the roof that morning and in the excitement of the adventure I forgot, for the time, the mysterious figure across the street, which had attracted Garrick's attention.

    Guy Garrick

  • Well, I hunted him up the other day, in a cheap, messy flat-house to the deuce and gone up

    Shorty McCabe on the Job


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