Definition of outbuilding in US English:



  • A building, such as a shed, barn, or garage, on the same property but separate from a more important one, such as a house.

    • ‘Residents had also been urged to check back gardens, outbuildings, sheds and garages.’
    • ‘There is also the added cost of maintaining estate houses, outbuildings, cottages and fences.’
    • ‘The former bike sheds and outbuildings will become individual creative arts workshops.’
    • ‘There is also a range of stone outbuildings including a coach house, two garages, a workshop and log store.’
    • ‘Much of the stone of the wall has today been plundered for the building of farmhouses, outbuildings and churches.’
    • ‘Opening at the same time are several rooms in the main house and outbuildings that have not been opened to the public previously.’
    • ‘A stone arch separates the main house from stone outbuildings measuring 50 feet by 15.’
    • ‘This building is usually one of the larger outbuildings on the farm and is specially designed for corn storage.’
    • ‘He also reminded householders that garden tools and power tools kept in sheds and outbuildings were valuable and therefore vulnerable to thieves.’
    • ‘It can be anything from an old outbuilding to a small shed or barn.’
    • ‘Farms can also provide outbuildings or barns for work to take place away from prying eyes.’
    • ‘It had destroyed five homes, a barn, 21 outbuildings, a boat and several vehicles.’
    • ‘Inside one of the rural farm's outbuildings, steam pours from a large metal vat and a man stirs a huge pot of brewing barley with a large spade.’
    • ‘Its outbuildings include a double garage, greenhouse, potting shed, kennels and workshop.’
    • ‘Among other things he is urging people to ensure people to secure sheds, garages and outbuildings.’
    • ‘Major renovation work was done in the 1970s and both the main house and stone outbuildings have been re-roofed.’
    • ‘Historic coach houses and outbuildings should where feasible be incorporated in any future uses of the inner block area.’
    • ‘It boasts many outbuildings, a guest house, workshop, garages and even air raid bunkers.’
    • ‘He added the main mill building and outbuildings would be demolished because they were fragile and there were traces of asbestos.’
    • ‘In the absence of a church, meetings were held in the home or in an outbuilding on a farm.’
    hut, lean-to, outhouse, shack
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