Definition of townhouse in English:

townhouse

(also town house)

noun

  • 1A tall, narrow, traditional row house, generally having three or more floors.

    • ‘The garden cannot be seen from the road because it is at the rear of a terrace town house in Goat Street.’
    • ‘So he designed his own home, a town house at No.13 Lincoln's Inn Fields in London, to showcase his holdings.’
    • ‘Excavations have revealed a number of buildings, the most notable of which was a large town house with mosaic floors, discovered in 1923 but covered by a later building.’
    • ‘Built in the 19th century as a town house by the rector of St Michael le Belfry Church, it later became a council hostel before being transformed into a luxury hotel.’
    • ‘The carriage stopped in front of a large town house.’
    • ‘He will market his A-listed town house - which is in Kirklee Terrace and dates from the 1840s - in the new year at offers over £750,000.’
    • ‘The Barkers did well enough to be able to build a town house at Prospect, which they named Baldina House and retired to in 1873.’
    • ‘While they were gone, a pipe burst upstairs in their home, a town house in southeastern Massachusetts.’
    • ‘We had a whole 4 floors of a town house between Park and Madison my parents rented and when it became available for $60K, my dad figured it was way too expensive.’
    • ‘Perhaps he should have noted its proximity to the site of Clarendon House, the ambitious town house of the Earl of Clarendon, the one chief minister whose commitment to artistic and intellectual values matched his own.’
    • ‘The medieval buildings at the rear will also be redeveloped, with repairs being carried out to the Georgian town house, walls and vault.’
    • ‘Possible evidence of this was found in the form of a gold solidus in the concrete floor of a town house at Carlisle (the coin seems to have been accidentally dropped into the wet concrete - a huge financial loss).’
    • ‘As a result, his finances became depleted, he was unable to pay his rent and had to leave his town house and move to very modest accommodation, and at one stage was forced to go on public assistance.’
    • ‘York Story was the start with Fairfax House made into a town house, No 31 offices and store for the museum, and No 32 a café with picnic area, toilets and museum workshops to the rear, all accessible to the public.’
    • ‘As Diana Archibald has argued, station houses in the bush utilized spatial patterns unlike those found in a British town house or country home, thus necessitating new cultural practices and domestic routines.’
    • ‘One of the most fruitful gardens I've seen is one I spotted this summer in the paved forecourt of a town house.’
    • ‘That paved the way for Patricia to purchase a home, allowing the sisters to stop leasing their town house for $950 a month.’
    • ‘The arrangement follows a traditional town house, with garage and service spaces at ground level, a piano nobile first floor for living, dining and cooking, and two floors of bedrooms above.’
    • ‘We plough through pools of water along St Mary's Street to the town centre, splashing brollies on legs as we turn into St Cuthbert Street and pull up outside Bay Tree House, a Georgian town house on High Street and our home for the night.’
    • ‘Her efforts saved officers search time and they were able to pull the pair through smoke from the top floor of the three-storey town house.’
    1. 1.1 A multi-story house in a modern housing development which is attached to one or more similar houses by shared walls.
      • ‘The Frog and the City Arms have closed; time has been called on Layerthorpe Working Men's Club; and now builders Jones Homes want to pull down the Gimcrack on Fulford Road and build 19 three-story town houses there instead.’
      • ‘Plans for two and three-storey residential developments along Forrest Street will include nine town houses and two apartment buildings.’
      • ‘There will be a total of 141 properties, of which 12 will be town houses and the remainder two and three-bedroom apartments.’
      • ‘Phase two is being built next door; the seven two- and three-storey, three-bed town houses are in the same style and cost £650,000 - £750,000.’
      • ‘Under the plans, nine three-storey town houses and four three-storey detached houses with double garages would have been created on the site.’
      • ‘Builders Jones Homes have lodged an application with City of York Council to pull down Fulford Road's Gimcrack Hotel, and replace it with 19 three-storey town houses.’
      • ‘Potential noise from a nearby industrial site was the main reason given for refusal of plans to build seven three-storey town houses on land at 42 Sackville Street, Skipton.’
      • ‘Swaythling Housing Society has submitted a planning application to the council to build 12 three-storey town houses, three two-storey homes and eight flats on a car park and disused shopping precinct adjacent to St Helier Place.’
      • ‘The scheme's signature pieces are the five-storey town houses, which border three sides of the square.’
      • ‘The fourth bid is solely a property deal involving development of 90 apartments and town houses.’
      • ‘Blacksmith's Forge is a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments and three-storey town houses with two or three bedrooms.’
      • ‘If this is so in what way do 72 three-storey town houses and a large block of flats help to resolve it?’
      • ‘Developers DC Kennedy Homes Ltd submitted plans to Bolton Council to build 16 three-storey town houses on the site.’
      • ‘Burley-in-Wharfedale based Burley Developments Limited, has applied to build seven apartments and 14 three-storey town houses surrounding a new open courtyard at the site.’
      • ‘Typical is the planned construction in the very short stretch of Heworth Green between Monkbridge roundabout and Mill Lane of 575 homes, some three-storey town houses, and four office blocks of two storeys each.’
      • ‘Now builders Caplin Developments want to put up 12 three-storey town houses with parking and gardens.’
  • 2A house in a town or city belonging to someone who has another property in the country.

    • ‘Beckford traveled on the Continent frequently during the 1780s and 1790s and maintained residences in Lisbon and Paris as well as a town house in London.’
    • ‘Of course, that is what they were originally - grand town houses for the Empire's second city in the 19th century, although most of the homes for the 21st century will be somewhat modest in comparison.’
    • ‘Then you'll come home years later - tanned, cultured and a thousand times more intelligent that me - and settle down with a respectable man, have 2.4 children, a dog, a town house and cottage in the country.’

Pronunciation

townhouse

/ˈtounˌhous/