Definition of housewarming in US English:

housewarming

noun

  • usually as modifier A party celebrating a move to a new home.

    ‘a housewarming gift’
    • ‘Well, hey, once you're done moving everything in maybe we should have a house-warming party for you or something.’
    • ‘We make the same mistakes when it comes to wedding gifts, birthday presents, anniversaries, house-warming gifts etc.’
    • ‘Last night I went to a house-warming party in Newham, just down the road from Upton Park.’
    • ‘These gardening machineries could serve well as wedding present or a house-warming gift for a gardening enthusiast.’
    • ‘He had planned to throw a huge house-warming party for locals and Hollywood stars when the house was completed.’
    • ‘He gave me a gorgeous, black lacquer grand piano as a house-warming gift and for my wedding day he gave me a beautiful portrait of Billie Holiday.’
    • ‘One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ‘We had a house-warming party and he came along, we always got a Christmas card from him.’’
    • ‘And next time you're invited to a house-warming party, make sure to wear your tuxedo or sequined dress and look for a green baize table in the living room.’
    • ‘We wanted to host a barbeque at the end of June, a late house-warming sort of thing.’
    • ‘But should they get the house, they will be faced with one enormous problem - they have promised every one who votes for them that they will be having a house-warming party.’
    • ‘Then we drive off to a friend's house-warming party.’
    • ‘An old friend who had purchased a small townhouse recently decided that he was now settled enough to hold a house-warming party and had invited my wife and myself.’
    • ‘But a house-warming is just a house-warming, however good.’
    • ‘How long the dream castle will last I don't know - - the house-warming party will have to be quick.’
    • ‘If either stumps up the cash, there could be the house-warming party of the decade.’
    • ‘And yet, what do people give me as house-warming gifts?’
    • ‘A house-warming gift voucher bought me two garden chairs for the kitchen until the proper ones arrive.’
    • ‘So when is this house-warming party going to be?’
    • ‘You just don't go to a house-warming party - however improvised - empty-handed, so we decided to prepare a few nibbles to accompany the bottle of champagne we knew they'd open.’
    • ‘Garden plants also make for much-appreciated house-warming gifts.’

Pronunciation

housewarming

/ˈhaʊsˌwɔrmɪŋ//ˈhousˌwôrmiNG/