from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of land on which to build a house; a site for a house.


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  • From this pleasant house he designed himself, the doctor looks down from wooded heights that rise behind the lakeshore plain on which Toronto lies, to plan house-lot subdivisions to develop along Spadina Avenue, the broad roadway he has laid out through his estate north from Lot Street (which we will call Queen again hereafter).

    The Life of a New City: Toronto, 1834

  • When a man had a house-lot in a hollow, he built his house there, and made

    Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878

  • Every man's house-lot and garden are relieved of the malaria which the purest winds and the strongest sunshine could not penetrate and purge.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 61, November, 1862

  • Now, the house-lot they finally decided upon met all four of these needs, though it sounds like a joke to tell you where it was.

    Bird Stories

  • For they used this time getting their meals; and whenever they were doing that, they were working for the owner of the barn, paying their rent for the house-lot on the wall by catching grass insects over the meadow, and mosquitoes and horseflies and house-flies by the hundreds, and many another pest, too.

    Bird Stories

  • Their house-lot was covered with pebbles, and it suited them exactly.

    Bird Stories

  • In house-lot conditions, the apple-tree usually receives sufficient food if the land is well enriched for garden purposes; but trees in sod should have liberal top-dressings of fertilizer every year and of stable manure every other year.

    The Apple-Tree The Open Country Books—No. 1

  • Even as he spoke a dusty, weary figure in worn homespun, carrying a mammoth bundle, limping sadly upon bruised and blistered feet, came through the shrubbery, approaching the great stables from the far side of the big house-lot.

    In Old Kentucky

  • House-lots would thus be first assigned, and then in proportion to each of them, the farm lands, called variously, ox-ground, meadow-land, ploughing ground, or mowing land, double the amount being given to the owner of an eight-acre house-lot, and such lands being held an essential part of the property.

    Anne Bradstreet and Her Time

  • The house-lot or family curtilage at first devolved strictly within the limits of the family.

    The Common Law


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