Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hothouse”

hothouse

noun [C usually singular] (EDUCATION)    /ˈhɒt.haʊs/ US  /ˈhɑːt-/ often disapproving
a place or environment in which people, especially children, are taught to develop skills and knowledge more quickly than usual: He was attracted by the hothouse atmosphere of Britain's top schools.Types of education
(Definition of hothouse noun (EDUCATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of hothouse

Translations of “hothouse”

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More