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townhouse Syllabification: town·house
Pronunciation: /ˈtounˌhous/
(also town house)

Definition of townhouse in English:


1A tall, narrow, traditional row house, generally having three or more floors.
Example sentences
  • The arrangement follows a traditional town house, with garage and service spaces at ground level, a piano nobile first floor for living, dining and cooking, and two floors of bedrooms above.
  • The garden cannot be seen from the road because it is at the rear of a terrace town house in Goat Street.
  • Possible evidence of this was found in the form of a gold solidus in the concrete floor of a town house at Carlisle (the coin seems to have been accidentally dropped into the wet concrete - a huge financial loss).
1.1A multi-story house in a modern housing development which is attached to one or more similar houses by shared walls.
Example sentences
  • Swaythling Housing Society has submitted a planning application to the council to build 12 three-storey town houses, three two-storey homes and eight flats on a car park and disused shopping precinct adjacent to St Helier Place.
  • Blacksmith's Forge is a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments and three-storey town houses with two or three bedrooms.
  • Now builders Caplin Developments want to put up 12 three-storey town houses with parking and gardens.
2A house in a town or city belonging to someone who has another property in the country.
Example sentences
  • Of course, that is what they were originally - grand town houses for the Empire's second city in the 19th century, although most of the homes for the 21st century will be somewhat modest in comparison.
  • Then you'll come home years later - tanned, cultured and a thousand times more intelligent that me - and settle down with a respectable man, have 2.4 children, a dog, a town house and cottage in the country.
  • Beckford traveled on the Continent frequently during the 1780s and 1790s and maintained residences in Lisbon and Paris as well as a town house in London.
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