from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A house where public musical entertainments are given.
- noun A firm or other business concern dealing in printed music, or musical instruments, or both.
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For instance, Uncle Tom's Cabin started as a greatly affecting, hot political book, and soon became a staple of theater, then a music-house cliché and narrative for children.
This provided too good an opportunity for the wits of the town to miss, and they promptly renamed the house as the Goose and Gridiron, which recalls the facetious landlord who, on gaining possession of premises once used as a music-house, chose for his sign a goose stroking the bars of a gridiron and inscribed beneath, "The Swan and Harp."
He wasna like his father — nae profane company-keeper — nae swearer — nae drinker — nae frequenter of play-house, or music-house, or dancing-house — nae Sabbath-breaker — nae imposer of aiths, or bonds, or denier of liberty to the flock. —