a building made mainly of glass, artificially heated for growing plants; greenhouse
- grown in a hothouse
- needing very careful treatment, as if grown in a hothouse; delicate
- A heated greenhouse for plants that require an even, relatively warm temperature.
- 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 )
- Grown in a hothouse: a hothouse orchid.
- Delicate and sensitive, as if from being grown in a hothouse.
transitive verbhot·housed, hot·hous·ing, hot·hous·es
To cultivate in a hothouse.
(third-person singular simple present hothouses, present participle hothousing, simple past and past participle hothoused)
- (of a child) To provide with an enriched environment with the aim of stimulating academic development.