Definition of lodge in English:



  • 1A small house at the gates of a park or in the grounds of a large house, occupied by a gatekeeper, gardener, or other employee.

    • ‘In the gate lodge, there is a living room, kitchen, bedroom and shower room.’
    • ‘The house, the entrance lodge and garden of just over an acre comprise lot one.’
    • ‘There is only one lodge in this park, just one.’
    • ‘We came suddenly to the gate of the lodge and Locksley the caretaker greeted us diffidently in his knit hat and muddy Wellingtons.’
    • ‘The gate lodge behind it is the only indicator that behind the wall lies some large estate, somewhere that is hidden from view and inaccessible to the public.’
    • ‘In Castlecore, the gate lodge retains many original features and carries a price tag of £140,000.’
    • ‘It stood in its own park, with a lodge and a drive, partly to give privacy, partly to impress or even overawe visitors.’
    • ‘As a child Mr Gawthorpe would often visit the park lodge where his uncle lived with his family, there to be plied with elderberry cordial in the summer.’
    • ‘The gate lodge is to be turned into accommodation for the full-time caretaker who will look after the site.’
    • ‘These include Blackrock Castle in Cork - not so long ago its gate lodge was used as a public house.’
    • ‘The Westward Group, the developer, is hoping to complete the two gate lodges and a three-bedroom house in the first phase in the coming months.’
    • ‘The existing protected gate lodge will be altered and renovated for residential use.’
    • ‘Landenstown Estate, a two-storey property, has four reception rooms, two gate lodges and an extensive stable complex.’
    • ‘During this period, Corona planted a new arboretum and created the bog garden and a walk was completed from the lodge to the house.’
    • ‘He rang at the gate and looked through its ironwork at the house until an elderly man came out of the gate lodge and opened a small wooden door in the wall.’
    • ‘The key to the gate lodge's appeal is the individuality of each building.’
    • ‘It was agreed that Gloria would stay for three weeks and would occupy the lodge in the garden of the Wood's house some 30 yards away.’
    • ‘The estate also contains lodges, coach houses and a walled garden.’
    • ‘Mulvany could also build in a light and whimsical manner, especially when it came to gate lodges.’
    • ‘The gate lodge has another 92 square metres of space.’
    gatehouse, cottage, toll house
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    1. 1.1A small country house occupied in season for sports such as hunting, shooting, or skiing.
      ‘a hunting lodge’
      • ‘The king spent increasing amounts of time at his hunting lodge at Versailles, and by the late 1660s it was being regularly extended to accommodate his growing entourage.’
      • ‘Originally built in 1703 as a hunting lodge, it doubled as a soup kitchen during the Great Hunger.’
      • ‘I motored away to the fishing lodge and reported this cheat to the fishery manager.’
      • ‘In fact, if you stay in town and want to book a game drive, there are 43 hunting lodges in the area.’
      • ‘It has also been home to an admiral, a church minister and a teacher as well as being a hunting lodge.’
      • ‘If this place is a standard fishing lodge then I'll eat my hat.’
      • ‘Our tour operator drove 1,000 kilometres to meet us with a replacement guide, and we resumed our interrupted itinerary of dunes, game lodges and safari parks.’
      • ‘The largest wooden structure in the islands, it's modeled after old English hunting lodges, with a full croquet course and pros to teach you the game.’
      • ‘Hunters may return to the lodge for lunch and siesta or make a day of it in the field.’
      • ‘The hunting lodge was, indeed, ancient.’
      • ‘The mansion looked more like a hunting lodge than the center for coordinating five million personnel.’
      • ‘An upscale lakeside lodge welcomes anglers, and stables are nearby.’
      • ‘The men's dorms are decorated in virile earth tones and the rugged wood and tweedy furniture gives you the feeling of being in a hunting lodge.’
      • ‘An itinerant court stayed at urban and rural palaces and hunting lodges.’
      • ‘Only fragments remain of this royal hunting lodge, although there are some impressive earthworks including Bank Slack.’
      • ‘She has not had the easiest person to live with, and for most of our married life our house has looked much more like a hunting lodge than a home.’
      • ‘A few seconds later, the main ski lodge sped into view.’
      • ‘For example, if you run a ski lodge, you could create a blog about the local skill hill.’
      • ‘All in all, it resembles the exclusive hunting lodge of some pompous lord and his friends.’
      • ‘"Here we are, " Katie said, pulling up in front of the main ski lodge.’
      house, cottage, cabin, chalet
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    2. 1.2[in names]A large house or hotel.
      ‘Cumberland Lodge’
    3. 1.3A porter's quarters at the main entrance of a college or other large building.
      • ‘This building was the main part of the lodge and flanking it were two dorms, which would house the girls and the boys separately.’
      • ‘The film, of which there is only one existing copy in the UK, has now arrived and is being stored in padlocked cans in the College lodge, and is due to be screened next week.’
      • ‘In college Cook then spotted a small poster in the porter's lodge.’
      • ‘Do the ducks still nest next to the porter's lodge near Staircase 1?’
    4. 1.4The residence of a head of a college, especially at Cambridge.
      ‘he dined at the Master's Lodge’
    5. 1.5An American Indian tent or wigwam.
      • ‘Sweat lodges are traditionally low, windowless, insulated domes constructed of willow branches.’
    6. 1.6A beaver's den.
      • ‘Like beavers, muskrats build lodges out of sticks, twigs, cattails and bulrushes, reinforcing them with mud.’
      • ‘Beaver lodges are also the work of a master builder.’
      • ‘In the next scene, he builds an airy dome, something like a beaver lodge, out of bleached driftwood.’
      • ‘Visitors will be fascinated to see the lodges and dams that beavers build and, given the chance, will be delighted to watch these entertaining and intelligent animals.’
      • ‘One species is commonly found in beaver lodges!’
      • ‘In the pond were two beaver lodges and along the shore there were many examples of beaver-gnawed trees.’
      den, lair, hole, sett
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  • 2A branch or meeting place of an organization such as the Freemasons.

    [in names] ‘the foundation of the Grand Lodge of England’
    • ‘Between 800 and 900 Masonic lodges were founded in France between 1732 and 1793, two-thirds of them after 1760.’
    • ‘The scheme will be considered by representatives of lodges and other Masonic organisations who use the existing hall at a special meeting in November.’
    • ‘Historians have investigated union halls, fraternal lodges, and doomed third parties for insight into how the American working class has managed the dilemma of poverty in a land of plenty.’
    • ‘By the 1720s they had their own church with the establishment of the first Masonic lodges.’
    • ‘Some of their public meetings and conventions were recorded, but I have been unable to locate minutes from any secret meetings of individual lodges.’
    • ‘He felt he was being punished for exposing the links between the business world, the Mafia, the secret Masonic lodges and the secret services.’
    • ‘Returned to St Petersburg, they transformed the lodges into secret societies and plotted to bring constitutional rule to an autocratic, caste-ridden, and militaristic state.’
    • ‘They had usually been long connected by business interests and had also engaged in social intercourse through associations such as Masonic lodges.’
    • ‘What set the clubs apart from masonic lodges and circles, however, was their involvement in politics.’
    • ‘Towns were also cultural centres, the largest of which, by the second half of the eighteenth century, possessed theatres, masonic lodges, reading clubs, and newspapers.’
    • ‘The huge works are the membership registers of the 600 Freemason's lodges of Scotland, the ‘secret’ order reputed to wield legendary influence in the corridors of power.’
    • ‘This is still a working lodge, but it also contains a museum of Freemasonry, which, as you'd expect, houses a few Burns items.’
    • ‘He also made silver for churches, Masonic lodges, and mechanics' associations.’
    • ‘Scholars have placed women's participation in associations such as Masonic lodges and salons under an ever-increasing scrutiny.’
    • ‘He then moved to Helena where he entered the insurance business and became an American citizen as well as a member of the Montana Club and a Masonic lodge.’
    • ‘Masonic lodges set up charitable funds, and in several cities philanthropic societies were established in the 1780s to tap the wealth of the rich for the poor.’
    • ‘The Freemasons had dissolved their lodges under government pressure, and state employees in all professions were subject to dismissal for left-wing associations.’
    • ‘Losing faith in the customary avenues for change, they began to seek new outlets for their aspirations in Masonic lodges, provincial academies, and political clubs.’
    • ‘The origins of the Freemasons are disputed, but the first organized lodges date from 1717 in England.’
    • ‘Other than that, if you believe in helping others, enjoy ritual bonding and can find someone to introduce you to a lodge, Freemasonry might be just the thing.’
    section, branch, chapter, wing
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  • 1[with object] Present (a complaint, appeal, claim, etc.) formally to the proper authorities.

    ‘he has 28 days in which to lodge an appeal’
    • ‘Obviously, once the game is over teams can still lodge formal protests or complaints as they do now.’
    • ‘In my judgment, it cannot be said that the present application was lodged promptly.’
    • ‘In excess of 70,000 Claimants have lodged claims and further claims are anticipated.’
    • ‘He has now lodged a complaint with a hospital which sent her home.’
    • ‘They have also lodged a claim for damages, aggravated damages and costs.’
    • ‘The following day government prosecutors lodged a formal appeal against the ruling.’
    • ‘Jason's claim will be lodged with the courts following his 21st birthday in June.’
    • ‘It is not the function of this Tribunal to comment on whether the unfair dismissal claim lodged by the Appellant was justified or not as the matter was settled.’
    • ‘The appeal was lodged with the council before Christmas, just as the six-month deadline for appeals was reached.’
    • ‘It seems that the Appellant did not lodge a timely appeal against conviction.’
    • ‘A full planning application is to be lodged with the council in April.’
    • ‘This matter would be considered when the application was formally lodged to the Local Authority.’
    • ‘In 1997, a claim was lodged on behalf of 5,000 other clerical employees, all of them women.’
    • ‘Complaints are lodged by the claimant victim or, if this is not possible, by relatives or representatives.’
    • ‘Three separate planning applications have been lodged with the local authority for the project.’
    • ‘Four individuals have now lodged complaints against the dentist, the health board has confirmed.’
    • ‘Magistrates granted the two men conditional bail, but Gair immediately lodged an appeal against the decision.’
    • ‘They cannot leave it to the initiative of the next of kin either to lodge a formal complaint or to take responsibility for the conduct of the investigative procedures.’
    • ‘The unfair dismissal claims were immediately lodged by the Union and hearings began in March 1999.’
    submit, register, enter, put forward, place, advance, lay, present, press, bring, prefer, tender, proffer, put on record, record, table, file
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    1. 1.1Leave money or a valuable item in (a place) or with (someone) for safekeeping.
      ‘the money is lodged in a bank’
      • ‘On Wednesday it lodged this sum with the Central Bank to cover repayments.’
      • ‘Two of the syndicate members lodged the ticket with the Bank of Ireland on New Year's Eve, but when they went to retrieve it last Friday the bank had to admit it had misplaced the ticket.’
      • ‘It's understood Mrs Walsh intended to lodge the money in the bank, but the cash, all in notes, has yet to be recovered.’
      • ‘Cllr Durcan said if the CPO was used the council could lodge the money in an account and leave it to the three people involved to sort out the payments.’
      • ‘The ensuing arrangement between 1985 and 1988 saw the Prunas and other family members lodge large sums with the bank and get loans in return.’
      deposit, put, bank, entrust, consign
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  • 2[with adverbial of place] Make or become firmly fixed or embedded in a place.

    [with object] ‘they had to remove a bullet lodged near his spine’
    [no object] figurative ‘the image had lodged in her mind’
    • ‘Is he strong enough to endure the pain of a bullet lodged somewhere in his body?’
    • ‘She hit the ground painfully, landing on an elbow and cheek, with the edge of the glass door swinging back to lodge firmly against her hip.’
    • ‘She will undergo an operation on Monday to have the bullet, which is lodged near her spine, removed.’
    • ‘When Hope and Gabe got home that day, Adele had an idea firmly lodged in her mind.’
    • ‘A week ago last Friday is lodged firmly in my mind as the night I arrived home from work to find army, police and council workers busy evacuating my street.’
    • ‘True to form, the arrow was lodged deep in the center of the target.’
    • ‘A gripping feeling lodged firmly in my chest.’
    • ‘His poetry is great, firmly and rightly lodged in its place in literature.’
    • ‘He held his breath, stifling the cough that had lodged in his chest.’
    • ‘They lodged in the lungs of victims and began to grow into greenish moss.’
    • ‘You should not be alarmed when it lodges in your brain and won't get out.’
    • ‘I would, however, give the first place to rhyme, as a device which lodges a message firmly in some crevice of the mind.’
    • ‘The bullet lodged near his pelvis and cannot be safely removed.’
    • ‘The bullet lodged so near the brain that he suffered atrocious headaches for the next twenty years.’
    • ‘On July 12, 1988, Hecht was attending a weekly Republican luncheon when a piece of apple lodged firmly in his throat.’
    • ‘It was as though everything I'd experienced lodged itself firmly in my mind and I could think of nothing else.’
    • ‘This we find firmly lodged in the mid-region of the chest cavity.’
    • ‘In the 1980s and early 1990s, acid rain was at the top of the environmental agenda, with images of dying forests and lakes firmly lodged in the public conscience.’
    • ‘The new research hints that particles can become more permanently lodged in the brain.’
    • ‘The little slivers of glass were, according to the X-ray, still lodged in his throat.’
    become fixed, embed itself, become embedded, become implanted, become stuck, get stuck, stick, catch, wedge, become caught, become settled, anchor itself, become anchored, come to rest, remain
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  • 3[no object, with adverbial] Rent accommodation in another person's house.

    ‘the man who lodged in the room next door’
    • ‘The composer Handel lodged in the house for three years towards the end of his life while the scientist Henry Cavendish had a room here during his youth.’
    • ‘If accurate, this means that he had lodged in the house (not necessarily continuously) for at least two years before the marriage.’
    • ‘Up until the age of 26 I'd been lodging in a single room, sharing a house with people I might rather not have shared with, and feeling generally encroached upon.’
    • ‘We lodged in two rooms over a bar called The Oranges.’
    • ‘By this stage we had reached the house where I lodged and as we walked in the front door, both carrying a cardboard box, one of the other female lodgers did a double take.’
    • ‘He lodged in a house in High Saint Agnesgate where he wrote mathematical treatise under his own name as well as working on part of Through the Looking Glass.’
    • ‘I wanted to know if you would be able to let Kevin lodge at your house.’
    reside, board, stay, have lodgings, have rooms, take a room, put up, live, be quartered, stop
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    1. 3.1[with object and adverbial]Provide (someone) with accommodation in return for payment.
      ‘she was lodged in the same hall’
      • ‘I was lodged with her when the Russians invaded Czechoslovakia.’
      • ‘They are lodged at a nice hotel, taken to a premiere, and allowed interviews with the stars.’
      • ‘Although bride and groom are lodged in separate institutions, previous clients say this temporary separation does enhance their relationship.’
      • ‘His paternal grandfather was lodged in a local asylum and his aunt ran a brothel in Copenhagen.’
      • ‘In general, French friends were lodged the on ground floor, Americans on the second, and children and servants of the guests on the third.’
      • ‘According to jail sources, as many as 11 women prisoners were lodged in this jail.’
      • ‘Nevis came next, and we were lodged again beside the sea, this time in the huge Four Seasons hotel, which has taken over the best beach on the island.’
      • ‘Tompkins is also restoring a century-old estate that will lodge avid tourist birdwatchers.’
      • ‘They were also demanding that the people lodged in different jails be released.’
      • ‘It was certainly not the purpose of the center to lodge prisoners.’
      • ‘The Education Minister of Sudan received the group and we were lodged at the State Guest House.’
      accommodate, provide accommodation for, put up, take in, house, board, billet, quarter, shelter, harbour, provide shelter for
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  • 4[with object] (of wind or rain) flatten (a standing crop)

    ‘rain that soaks standing or lodged crops’
    [no object] ‘the variety is high yielding, but it has mostly lodged’
    • ‘Some equipment companies have attachments for the combine header to help pick up lodged corn.’
    • ‘Soldier harvesters aren't very good at picking up lodged cane.’
    • ‘Lodging doubles the rate of decline in digestibility so lodged crops should be harvested as soon as possible.’
    • ‘At harvest he noted that about a third of the field was standing well, about a third was heavily lodged and about a third was in between.’
    • ‘Good crop residue distribution is even more important in cutting lodged wheat.’
    • ‘Richard estimates that combine systems are able to harvest 90 to 95 percent of lodged sugarcane in a field.’
    • ‘Now factor in such environmental impacts as weather, yield, moisture content, lodged crops, green weeds and ground speed.’
    • ‘Where there are heavy and lodged crops on these soils making baled silage might be a better option than using conventional harvesters with modern heavy trailers.’


Middle English loge, via Old French loge arbour, hut from medieval Latin laubia, lobia (see lobby), of Germanic origin; related to German Laube arbour.