What is Dwelling-House?

Legal Definition
A building inhabited by man. A mansion. (q. v.)

2. A part of a house is, in one sense, a dwelling house; for example, where two or more persons rent of the owner different parts of a house, so as to have among them the whole house, and the owner does not reserve or occupy any part, the separate portion of each will, in cases of burglary, be considered the dwelling house of each. 1 Mood. Cr. bas. 23.

3. At common law, in cases of burglary, under the term dwelling house are included the out-houses within the curtilage or common fence with the dwelling house. 3 Inst. 64; 4 Bl. Com. 225; and vide Russ & Ry. Cr. Cas. 170; Id. 186; 16 Mass. 105; 16 John. 203; 18 John. 115; 4 Call, 109; 1 Moody, Cr. Cas. 274; Burglary; Door; House; Jail; Mansion.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
The house in which a man lives with his family; a residence ; the apartment or building or group of buildings, occupied by a family as a place of residence. In conveyancing. Includes all buildings attached to or connected with the house. 2 Hli. Real Prop. 338, and note. In the law of burglary. A house in which the occupier and his family usually reside, or, in other words, dwell and lie im Whart. Crim. Law, 357.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
An inhabited residence.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary