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dwelling

A dwelling is a home — where someone lives. Houses, apartments, and condos are all dwellings.

If you know that to dwell means to live somewhere, then the meaning of dwelling won't be a surprise: it's an abode, domicile, or home. Your dwelling might be a house or an apartment. Tents, trailers, and igloos are all dwellings. Anything people live in is a dwelling. If you have no dwelling, then you have no shelter and you're probably homeless.

Definitions of dwelling
  1. noun
    housing that someone is living in
    “he built a modest dwelling near the pond”
    synonyms: abode, domicile, dwelling house, habitation, home
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    Alhambra
    a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
    Lateran Palace
    a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
    Tuileries Palace
    palace and royal residence built for Catherine de Medicis in 1564 and burned down in 1871; all that remains today are the formal gardens
    Vatican Palace
    the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City
    Palace of Versailles
    a palace built in the 17th century for Louis XIV southwest of Paris near the city of Versailles
    White House
    the government building that serves as the residence and office of the President of the United States
    Buckingham Palace
    the London residence of the British sovereign
    Mount Vernon
    the former residence of George Washington in northeastern Virginia overlooking the Potomac river
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    cliff dwelling
    a rock and adobe dwelling built on sheltered ledges in the sides of a cliff
    condo, condominium
    one of the dwelling units in a condominium
    fixer-upper
    a house or other dwelling in need of repair (usually offered for sale at a low price)
    fireside, hearth
    home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
    hermitage
    the abode of a hermit
    homestead
    dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land
    house
    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
    lake dwelling, pile dwelling
    dwelling built on piles in or near a lake; specifically in prehistoric villages
    indian lodge, lodge
    any of various Native American dwellings
    messuage
    (law) a dwelling house and its adjacent buildings and the adjacent land used by the household
    semi-detached house
    a dwelling that is attached to something on only one side
    vacation home
    a dwelling (a second home) where you live while you are on vacation
    yurt
    a circular domed dwelling that is portable and self-supporting; originally used by nomadic Mongol and Turkic people of central Asia but now used as inexpensive alternative or temporary housing
    beach house
    a house built on or near a beach
    boarding house, boardinghouse
    a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests
    bungalow, cottage
    a small house with a single story
    cabin
    a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area
    chalet
    a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style
    chapterhouse, frat house, fraternity house
    a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity
    country house
    a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country
    detached house, single dwelling
    a house that stands alone
    doll's house, dollhouse
    a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything
    duplex, duplex house, semidetached house
    a house with two units sharing a common wall
    farmhouse
    house for a farmer and family
    gatehouse
    a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence
    guesthouse
    a house separate from the main house; for housing guests
    hacienda
    the main house on a ranch or large estate
    hogan
    a Navajo lodge covered with earth; traditionally built with the entrance facing east
    hunting lodge, lodge
    a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter
    lodging house, rooming house
    a house where rooms are rented
    maisonette, maisonnette
    a small house
    hall, manse, mansion, mansion house, residence
    a large and imposing house
    ranch house
    a one story house with a low pitched roof
    residence
    the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)
    row house, town house
    a house that is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common walls
    safe house
    a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
    saltbox
    a type of house built in New England; has two stories in front and one behind
    adobe house, sod house, soddy
    a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
    solar house
    a house designed to use solar radiation for heating; usually has large areas of glass in front of heat-absorbing materials
    teepee, tepee, tipi
    a Native American tent; usually of conical shape
    tract house
    one of many houses of similar design constructed together on a tract of land
    villa
    detached or semidetached suburban house
    wickiup, wikiup
    a lodge consisting of a frame covered with matting or brush; used by nomadic American Indians in the southwestern United States
    wigwam
    a Native American lodge frequently having an oval shape and covered with bark or hides
    type of:
    housing, living accommodations, lodging
    structures collectively in which people are housed
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