Definition of keep open house in US English:

keep open house


  • Provide general hospitality.

    • ‘He keeps open house for all those farmers and people who want to do ecological restoration and conservation at the micro level.’
    • ‘The divorcee was a ‘sexual adventurer’ who had a series of casual and serious lovers and kept open house at her home.’
    • ‘He kept open house in his office, a small, single-storey building.’
    • ‘They tap into the collective memory of feudal lords keeping open house in medieval great halls - and of Victorian millionaires serving lavish dinners to jaded princes in pseudo-medieval mansions.’
    • ‘Here she kept open house for the traveller, the poor and those in need of help.’