- The building or part of a building occupied by one family or tenant; dwelling place.
- (brit.) A college in a university.
- An inn; tavern; hotel.
- A building where a group of people live as a unit.A fraternity house.
- A monastery, convent, or similar religious establishment.
- (informal) A brothel.
The cottage housed ten students.
A library housing rare books.
The House of Tudor.
- The habitation of certain animals, as the shell of a mollusk.
- A building or shelter where animals are kept.The monkey house in a zoo.
- A building where things are kept when not in use.A carriage house.
A house servant.
- Of or pertaining to a publishing house.An article edited in accord with house style.
- Of or pertaining to the management of a gambling establishment.A house limit on bets.
A house cat.
An example of house is a three bedroom two bath single family residence.
An example of house is a structure where a family dog sleeps outside.
An example of house is a family taking in a foster child.
The House of Orange.
A movie house; the specialty of the house.
A full house.
A brokerage house.
A house that specializes in cookbooks.
A publishing house.
A house of worship, a house of prostitution.
- A structure serving as an abode of human beings. [from 9th c.]This is my house and my family's ancestral home.
- A building used by people for something other than a main residence (typically with qualifying word). [from 10th c.]The former carriage house had been made over into a guest house.
- A public house, an inn, or the management of such. [from 10th c.]The House of the Rising Sun.One more, sir, then I'll have to stop serving you – rules of the house, I'm afraid.
- A place of public entertainment, especially (without qualifying word) a theatre; also the audience for a live theatrical or similar performance. [from 10th c.]After her swan-song, there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
- A brothel. [from 10th c.]
- (business) A place of business; a company or organisation. [from 10th c.]
- (politics) The building where a deliberative assembly meets; hence, the assembly itself, forming a component of a (national or state) legislature. [from 10th c.]The petition was so ridiculous that the house rejected it after minimal debate.
- A printer's or publishing company. [from 16th c.]A small publishing house would have a contract with an independent fulfillment house.
- A grouping of schoolchildren for the purposes of competition in sports and other activities. [from 19th c.]I was a member of Spenser house when I was at school.
- The people who live in the same house; a household. [from 9th c.]
- A dynasty, a familial descendance; a family with its ancestors and descendants, especially a royal or noble one. [from 10th c.]The current Queen is from the House of Windsor.
- (astrology) One of the twelve divisions of an astrological chart. [from 14th c.]
- House music.
- (uncountable, US) An aggregate of characteristics of a house.
- As the babysitter, Emma always acted as the mother whenever the kids demanded to play house.
A carriage house; the lion house at the zoo.
A sorority house.
- In an extremely speedy manner:Ran away like a house on fire; tickets that sold like a house afire.
- At the expense of the establishment; free:Food and drinks on the house.
- To organize one's affairs in a sensible, logical way.
- to receive enthusiastic applause from the audience
- to clean and put a home in order
- to get rid of all unwanted things, undesirable conditions, etc.
- to take care of the affairs of a home; run a household
- with speed and vigor
- given free, at the expense of the establishment
- to pretend in child's play to be grown-up people with the customary household duties
- to put one's affairs in order
- the male head of a household
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of house
- Middle English hous from Old English hūs
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition