Definition of open house in English:

open house


  • 1A place or situation in which all visitors are welcome.

    ‘our basement is an open house for other kids’
    [mass noun] ‘they kept open house, entertaining a wide variety of writers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here she kept open house for the traveller the poor and those in need of help.’
    • ‘He kept open house in his office, a small, single-storey building at the mouth of the Salang Valley.’
    1. 1.1North American An open day.
      • ‘The night of Miranda's preschool open house, Miranda was only 2, the family gathered around a long table at a local Italian restaurant.’
      • ‘The traffic police should hold open houses so that the general public and independent experts can evaluate the design of the changes and offer their suggestions and therefore bring in elements that may have been overlooked.’
      • ‘Our campaign plans were discussed at our first public meeting after the open houses.’
      • ‘Jordy's school had an open house and his teacher had invited us to come.’
      • ‘Hold an open house at your co-op, and have members and employees on hand to lead tours and talk about the business and why it operates as a co-op.’
      • ‘Every winter holiday season, the school's open house celebration consists of children reciting to the assembled parents, sometimes solo and sometimes in pairs.’
      • ‘Councillors, as the most grassroots and local elected representatives, should be continually meeting the people, hosting community open houses and fostering public information flow.’
      • ‘In August, the doctoral program will hold an open house to introduce students to the public and to recruit other students interested in the program.’
      • ‘The power of Ferron's art was clearly visible last Sunday as I watched the public react to it during the museum's open house.’
      • ‘We'll be celebrating IT Week with an open house and by offering people free computer access.’
      • ‘To date, the city has held several open houses and public meetings about the plans, he said.’
      • ‘We must engage the public on this issue at the open houses in March, in order that the proponents and decisionmakers can take the preference of Richmond residents into consideration.’
      • ‘In contrast, few people attend open houses or public meetings, several councillors noted.’
      • ‘The public can comment on the options at open houses slated to take place between March 10 and April 3 in the area.’
      • ‘There will be some food for the American Studies welcoming event so please attend the American Studies open house.’
      • ‘You need staff members who are reliable and will be there during the open house.’
      • ‘FRAG is a main source of public input for us, but we also host annual open houses where the public can come and ask us questions, and we speak to schools and community groups about what we are doing.’
      • ‘As well, the daycare is planning an open house for May 6 to invite the community to see the results of several years of hard work.’
      • ‘It also has public meetings and open houses set for this month.’
      • ‘The open house was a no charge affair, so members of the public could attend and look at the aircraft and watch them fly.’
    2. 1.2Australian, North American, NZ An occasion during which a dwelling that is for sale may be viewed by prospective buyers without an appointment.
      • ‘They may not have the money of the hedge fund managers who line up at bonus time at the open houses for $5 million homes, and their numbers do not equal that of health care workers.’
      • ‘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 did one last set of open houses today - near Atwater market - and almost, almost fell in love.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was an open house, and we were the only ones there.’
      • ‘Larry and I had 2 hours to kill during the open house today (anybody wanna buy a condo?).’
      • ‘That said, Corcoran admits that the number of visitors at open houses around New York City has fallen off by 27% in recent months.’
      • ‘I have now been three years in my humble home and continue to laud the day I decided to come to the open house.’
      • ‘There is going to be a showing here tomorrow for realtors and an open house here on Sunday.’
      • ‘She helped me pick out the Ikea office furniture; she accompanied me to Costco for the first load of sodas and pretzels for the kitchen; she spent hours planning the open house.’


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