Definition of open house in English:

open house

noun

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

    ‘they kept open house, entertaining a wide variety of artists and 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 A day when members of the public are invited to visit a place or institution, especially one to which they do not normally have access.
      ‘the president spent all morning greeting thousands of visitors to a White House open house’
      • ‘She decides (as she does every day, really) to have an open house, inviting anyone and everyone over to see what she did that morning.’
      • ‘The Perimeter Institute will be holding a public open house Saturday to showcase its new building on the site of the old Memorial Auditorium next to Waterloo Park.’
      • ‘With memories of the past season's tours, open houses, parent visits still vivid in your mind, make a list of priorities in terms of improving and expanding your marketing package.’
      • ‘Those same parents also visit during open house.’
      • ‘The open house gave members of UW and the K-W community a chance to explore the centre, find out about upcoming events, socialize with others, and discover how the centre functions.’
      • ‘The partnership also holds regular open houses, inviting the public to the facility for test rides.’
      • ‘To that end, our chapter has annually been involved in a variety of projects, from open houses at individual institutions to interactive displays at a large local mall.’
      • ‘It is in that context that Manitoba Pork Council staff member Peter Mah attended the public open house (at Vassar), representing the interests of area livestock producers and industry.’
      • ‘At the end of construction, the facility held an open house for the public and staff members so they could see the culmination of the project.’
      • ‘The public is invited to a weekend open house to tour the new facility, which is the spectacularly renovated Riverside Silk Mill on the bank of the Grand River.’
      • ‘The Mississauga Plant holds an annual open house for the public.’
      • ‘She loved the countryside and the things of nature and also kept an open house where the visits of her family and friends were eagerly awaited.’
      • ‘We are participating in career and job fairs at many of the nation's minority colleges, holding open houses where we invite potential applicants to come in and spend time with our employees to learn about our career opportunities.’
      • ‘Then there will be a 60 day comment period, and an open house for the public in early January.’
      • ‘Stories were collected that preserved past memories, and these were shared through public displays and open houses.’
      • ‘Sanborn says that the 400 sites in last year's open house attracted 6,000 visits, and the organizers are hoping for 9,000 in 2005.’
      • ‘Tuesday Jarolimek held an open house for the public to see the new turbine and for representatives of state and federal agencies to address questions regarding development of wind-generated power in Idaho.’
      • ‘The school of architecture, which held a public open house last weekend, relocated to the former Riverside Silk Mills site in downtown Cambridge.’
      • ‘The new equipment began operating in November and was introduced to the public at an open house held in the Downtown Hotel Conference Room on November 12.’
      • ‘Major government organizations will host a public open house Wednesday at the Orem, Utah Senior Friendship Center to discuss transportation proposals.’
    2. 1.2NZ, North American, Australian An occasion when real estate offered for sale can be viewed by prospective buyers without an appointment.
      • ‘Larry and I had 2 hours to kill during the open house today (anybody wanna buy a condo?).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have now been three years in my humble home and continue to laud the day I decided to come to the open house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That said, Corcoran admits that the number of visitors at open houses around New York City has fallen off by 27% in recent months.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is going to be a showing here tomorrow for realtors and an open house here on Sunday.’
      • ‘It was an open house, and we were the only ones there.’

Pronunciation:

open house

/ˈˌōpən ˈˌhous/