Definition of dwelling in English:

dwelling

(also dwelling place)

noun

formal
  • A house, flat, or other place of residence.

    ‘the proposed dwelling is out of keeping with those nearby’
    • ‘Up the road from that particular house there are even more spectacular dwellings.’
    • ‘The planning brief for the site originally envisaged 180 residential dwellings.’
    • ‘Many residents of the settlement strive to make their dwellings habitable.’
    • ‘Modern homes are replacing traditional dwellings both in the country and the city.’
    • ‘By chance, the restaurant is housed in a former dwelling place occupied by a Dutch family and built in mid 1800s.’
    • ‘The dwellings had no gardens and no provisions were made for dustbins or sheds etc.’
    • ‘Some homeowners have even traded down from more expensive abodes to less pricey dwellings.’
    • ‘Caravans or mobile homes will not be permitted for use as permanent dwellings.’
    • ‘Their homes were invariably humble dwellings, without even a proper chair for a guest or a visitor.’
    • ‘There might be a way to adapt the house to divide it into two separate dwellings.’
    • ‘The row house, a series of attached dwellings, was a common form of housing.’
    • ‘Permission for residential dwellings in a zone designated for industrial use should never have been granted.’
    • ‘They are among the oldest dwellings in the local authority housing stock.’
    • ‘Between them they will provide 15 dwellings in a mix of one and two bedroom flats and houses.’
    • ‘When the shot rang out, residents in the area stormed from their dwellings to see what was going on.’
    • ‘On the way you pass through the sprawl of makeshift dwellings that are home to tens of thousands of squatters.’
    • ‘It's no good saying that the solution is to rip up everything and instead build high-density dwellings in urban centres.’
    • ‘Naturally the dwellings for the resident Spaniards were modelled on their counterparts in Spain.’
    • ‘To do that we'd have to make the dwellings smaller and semi-detached, but that would reduce the value considerably.’
    • ‘She would like to see a block or two of typical residential dwellings from each era of the city preserved somewhere in the city.’
    residence, place of residence, place of habitation, home, house, accommodation, lodging place, billet
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Pronunciation

dwelling

/ˈdwɛlɪŋ/