from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A social event in which hospitality is extended to all.
- n. An occasion when a school or institution is open for visiting and observation by the public.
- n. A period of time during which a house or apartment for sale or rent is held open for public viewing.
- n. A house or apartment open for such viewing.
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- n. A house habitually kept open to callers.
- n. An event, often in one's home, at which there are few restrictions regarding who and how many may attend.
- n. An event during which a facility or institution is open to the public for inspection or tour.
- n. A period of time, usually several hours in a day, during which a house which is for sale is open for inspection or tour by interested parties.
- n. A casual school event where the school invites parents or guardians to come and tour their child's school, classrooms, and allow them to meet their child's teachers.
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- n. an informal party of people with hospitality for all comers
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Commencement, preceded by the festivities of the various fraternities and clubs, the parade through the arcades with Chin - ese lanterns, the open house receptions of convivial pr [e] [o] fessors, the sermons and the speeches, was past.
The sum is so small that one is constrained to believe the report that Sir William Wilde in his later years kept practically open house -- "lashins of whisky and a good larder," and was besides notorious for his gallantries.
The one Mrs. Dranka had on display on a chair on the night of her open house was blood colored, with silver and gold and mother-of-pearl outlines and accents.
The sum is so small that one is constrained to believe the report that Sir William Wilde in his later years kept practically open house ” “lashins of whisky and a good larder,” and was besides notorious for his gallantries.
“Judge Mathis,” she said with a smile, “I’ll be holding an open house at YAAT.
Guests at Ker-Guélegaan arrived with their own horses and carriages to stay a month or more, and open house was kept.
Under Lalu Prasad, it was a subaltern open house overrun by cattle at the back and all hues of lounge lizards up front - socialists and scamsters, scribes and singers, sycophants and scoundrels, in-laws and outlaws, a whole court confederacy that first put Lalu Prasad out of touch with his rooted reality and, then, out of power.
She keeps open house for innumerable winged and creeping insects, and their banquets are always spread among the beautiful, fragrant flowers, whose hospitable abodes are ever filled with guests, from the bees and the butterflies to the tiniest winged gnat.