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Definition of "hothouse" []

  • A heated greenhouse for plants that require an even, relatively warm temperature. (noun)
  • An environment conducive to vigorous growth or development; a hotbed: "With its mix of African, Latin, European, and pan-American influences, the Caribbean is truly a musical hothouse” ( New Yorker). (noun)
  • Grown in a hothouse: a hothouse orchid. (adjective)
  • Delicate and sensitive, as if from being grown in a hothouse. (adjective)
  • To cultivate in a hothouse. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hothouse" in a sentence
  • "The atmosphere was purified in a vast "hothouse" - a large, circular room buried just below the lunar surface."
  • "“Saturated in hothouse colors, the three-act “Lantern” is an intense dance-theater version of the multi-award-winning film by Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou (” Hero,” “House of Flying Daggers”)."
  • "PIJ arose out of a nucleus of Palestinian students at Zakazik University in Egypt, known as a hothouse of religious fanaticism."