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gatehouse Line breaks: gate|house
Pronunciation: /ˈɡeɪthaʊs/

Definition of gatehouse in English:


1A house standing by a gateway, especially on a country estate.
Example sentences
  • The house was built as one of the gatehouses to the estate.
  • The lower floor also connects the house to a gatehouse through a small courtyard.
  • At his death both the house and the gatehouse were bought for the Abbey.
2 historical A room over a city or palace gate, often used as a prison.
Example sentences
  • It is written that the dead Queen's ring was dropped from the gatehouse of Richmond Palace by a lady in waiting to her brother Sir Robert Carey.

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