Definition of hothouse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɒthaʊs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːthaʊs//
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  1. 1 a heated building, usually made of glass, used for growing delicate plants in hothouse flowers
  2. 2a place or situation that encourages the rapid development of somebody/something, especially ideas and emotions In the hothouse atmosphere of college there are plenty of opportunities for falling in love.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hothouse