A lodge is an inn where travelers stay overnight. If you’re in need of a night’s sleep while traveling an out of the way country road, you’re more likely to find yourself at a lodge than a fancy or chain hotel.

A lodge can also be a cabin in the woods; like an inn, it’s usually a temporary accommodation. But if you join your local lodge, you’ll be expected to be a regular visitor, at least at the monthly meetings. Lodge is also a verb, meaning to stay temporarily, or to give someone a place to stay. If you lodge a toothpick between your teeth, though, you’ll probably hope it won’t stay there too long.

Definitions of lodge
  1. noun
    a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter
    synonyms: hunting lodge
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    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
  2. noun
    small house at the entrance to the grounds of a country mansion; usually occupied by a gatekeeper or gardener
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    a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence
  3. noun
    any of various Native American dwellings
    synonyms: indian lodge
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    a Navajo lodge covered with earth; traditionally built with the entrance facing east
    teepee, tepee, tipi
    a Native American tent; usually of conical shape
    wickiup, wikiup
    a lodge consisting of a frame covered with matting or brush; used by nomadic American Indians in the southwestern United States
    a Native American lodge frequently having an oval shape and covered with bark or hides
    type of:
    abode, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home
    housing that someone is living in
  4. noun
    a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
    synonyms: auberge, hostel, hostelry, inn
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    caravan inn, caravansary, caravanserai, khan
    an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans
    a hostel for pilgrims in Turkey
    post house, posthouse
    an inn for exchanging post horses and accommodating riders
    an inn (usually outside city limits on a main road) providing meals and liquor and dancing and (sometimes) gambling
    type of:
    a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services
  5. verb
    be a lodger; stay temporarily
    “Where are you lodging in Paris?”
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    sleep over, stay over
    stay overnight
    type of:
    dwell, inhabit, live, populate
    inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of
  6. verb
    provide housing for
    “We are lodging three foreign students this semester”
    synonyms: accommodate
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    lodge in barracks
    supply with room and board
    billet, canton, quarter
    provide housing for (military personnel)
    type of:
    domiciliate, house, put up
    provide housing for
  7. verb
    put, fix, force, or implant
    lodge a bullet in the table”
    synonyms: deposit, stick, wedge
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    dislodge, free
    remove or force out from a position
    deposit anew
    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  8. verb
    file a formal charge against
    synonyms: charge, file
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    charge (a public official) with an offense or misdemeanor committed while in office
    type of:
    accuse, criminate, impeach, incriminate
    bring an accusation against; level a charge against
  9. noun
    a formal association of people with similar interests
    synonyms: club, gild, guild, order, social club, society
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    athenaeum, atheneum
    a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning
    a club that people join in order to buy selected books at reduced prices
    a local branch of some fraternity or association
    chess club
    a club of people to play chess
    country club
    a suburban club for recreation and socializing
    frat, fraternity
    a social club for male undergraduates
    glee club
    a club organized to sing together
    golf club
    a club of people to play golf
    hunt, hunt club
    an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport
    investors club
    a club of small investors who buy and sell securities jointly
    jockey club
    a club to promote and regulate horse racing
    racket club
    club for players of racket sports
    rowing club
    a club for rowers
    slate club
    a group of people who save money in a common fund for a specific purpose (usually distributed at Christmas)
    a social club for female undergraduates
    a club of tumblers or gymnasts
    boat club, yacht club
    club that promotes and supports yachting and boating
    service club
    a club of professional or business people organized for their coordination and active in public services
    tennis club
    a club of people to play tennis
    International Association of Lions clubs, Lions Club
    club dedicated to promoting responsible citizenship and good government and community and national and international welfare
    Rotary Club, Rotary International
    a group of businessmen in a town organized as a service club and to promote world peace
    type of:
    a formal organization of people or groups of people
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