Definition of spirit house in English:

spirit house

Pronunciation /ˈspɪrɪt haʊs/


  • 1 rare A warehouse trading in alcoholic spirits, or in which alcoholic spirits are stored.

  • 2 rare, historical A tavern or public house licensed to serve alcoholic spirits.

  • 3A house or dwelling for a spirit; specifically (in South-East Asia) a model of a building, typically a house or temple mounted on a pillar or dais outside a house, shop, etc., in order to appease, and provide a home for, the original spirit inhabitants of the land.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Morning Chronicle. From spirit + house.