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"open house" in British English

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open housenoun

uk   /ˌəʊ.pən ˈhaʊs/  us   /ˌoʊ.pən ˈhaʊs/
[C] mainly US (UK usually open day) a day when an organization such as a school, college, or factory allows members of the public to go in and see what happens there
[C] a time when a house or apartment that is being sold can be looked at by the public
[U or S] UK a situation in which people welcome visitors at any time: We keep open house, so come and see us any time.
(Definition of open house from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"open house" in American English

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open housenoun

 us   /ˈoʊ·pən ˈhɑus/
  • open house noun (PARTY)

[C usually sing] a party at which visitors are welcome in your home: We’re having an open house on Sunday.
  • open house noun (HOUSE FOR SALE)

[C usually sing] a time when a house or apartment that is being sold or is available for rent can be looked at by the public
  • open house noun (PUBLIC EVENT)

[C] an occasion when an organization such as a school or college allows members of the public in to see what happens there
(Definition of open house from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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