Definition of guardhouse in English:

guardhouse

noun

  • 1A building used to accommodate a military guard or to detain military prisoners.

    • ‘All of the guardhouses are locked or otherwise bar his entry.’
    • ‘Inside a guardhouse in the compound, soldiers found more prisoners bound and blindfolded and showing evidence of abuse.’
    • ‘So, the secret places - the quiet guardhouses we protect from view with vigilance and attitude, I will never see.’
    • ‘Soldiers were running in hordes to get out of the place, but Wolfe must have had accomplices - the walls were wreathed in sheets of flame taller than the guardhouses.’
    • ‘Still, there were over a dozen of them barracked in the new guardhouse at the gate to the estate.’
    • ‘We came upon the ruins of what appeared to be old abandoned barracks and guardhouses, that no doubt had been sacked many a long age ago.’
    • ‘It was rumored that prisoners in the guardhouse worked only eight hours per day, five days a week.’
    • ‘A short distance away there were several barracks and guardhouses to either side.’
    • ‘The guard details were marched to the guardhouse where the Guard Mount ceremony took place.’
    • ‘Two blasts struck the guardhouse, killing two of the three men inside.’
    • ‘Breathless, he burst into the darkened interior of the guardhouse, and in his excitement, he was oblivious to the fact he had caught the captain fast asleep on his bunk.’
    • ‘Displayed on a wall of the small guardhouse was a saying of Bertolt Brecht.’
    • ‘On 7 September, resisting confinement in the post guardhouse, he received a fatal wound from a soldier's bayonet.’
    • ‘High city walls, while serving their primary purpose, were topped by guardhouses at regular intervals, soldiers and wardens patrolling its boundaries.’
    • ‘In barracks sentries are usually furnished by the unit's guard, a detachment of soldiers on duty for a 24-hour period, who live in the guardroom or guardhouse.’
    • ‘His lie is uncovered by Barton, who happens to be a real Army captain, and he is jailed in the base guardhouse, where he tap-dances his time away.’
    • ‘They also were puzzled by the presence in the enclosed courtyard of a new glass-walled room that seemed to be a guardhouse.’
    • ‘‘The glove from the guardhouse is hers,’ I said.’
    • ‘A few days later Papa, my sisters, Alexei, and I went down to the guardhouse, as some of our friends were on duty.’
    • ‘This also applies to the abolition of guardhouses, already in our time.’
    prison, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, correctional facility, detention centre
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    1. 1.1US A building accommodating a guard who controls entrance to the grounds of a house, housing development, school, or other facility.
      ‘the prestigious islands have opted for guardhouses, where the license plate numbers of visitors are copied down’
      • ‘These police also maintain small guardhouses at the entrances to several housing projects.’
      • ‘The guard went inside the guardhouse, and the drawbridge slowly lowered.’
      • ‘At the guardhouse on Washington Road, security personnel know the members by sight, and guests are held until a member comes to collect them.’
      • ‘Shrugging, Dave strode into the guardhouse and pressed the button that opened the automated gate.’

Pronunciation:

guardhouse

/ˈɡärdˌhous/