Definition of settlement house noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


settlement house

; NAmE
(especially North American English)
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a public building in an area of a large city that has social problems, that provides social services such as advice and training to the people who live there He volunteered to work at an inner-city settlement house. the settlement houses in slum areas of London in the 1880s
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