Definition of open house in English:

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open house

Pronunciation: /ˈˌōpən ˈˌhous/


1A place or situation in which all visitors are welcome: they kept open house, entertaining a wide variety of artists and writers
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  • He kept open house in his office, a small, single-storey building at the mouth of the Salang Valley.
  • Here she kept open house for the traveller the poor and those in need of help.
  • The new music organisations kept open house to new developments, enabling New York audiences to hear the latest Stravinsky, Schoenberg or Webern at a time when recordings of this repertoire had barely begun.
1.1North American A day when members of the public are invited to visit a place or institution, especially one to which they do not normally have access: the president spent all morning greeting thousands of visitors to a White House open house
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  • The partnership also holds regular open houses, inviting the public to the facility for test rides.
  • At the end of construction, the facility held an open house for the public and staff members so they could see the culmination of the project.
  • It is in that context that Manitoba Pork Council staff member Peter Mah attended the public open house (at Vassar), representing the interests of area livestock producers and industry.
1.2North American & Australian/New Zealand An occasion when real estate offered for sale can be viewed by prospective buyers without an appointment.
Example sentences
  • So I would stomp around these open houses glaring at anyone who looked like an evil investor and we ended up renting for another year and then moving in with mum and dad.
  • I've known of a few people who didn't intend to change houses, but just popped into a neighbourhood open house out of curiosity.
  • I have now been three years in my humble home and continue to laud the day I decided to come to the open house.

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Syllabification: o·pen house

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