House definition

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To take shelter.
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(nautical) To secure or stow safely.
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A building for human beings to live in.
  • 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.
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To provide living quarters for; lodge.

The cottage housed ten students.

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To shelter, keep, or store in a house or other structure.

A library housing rare books.

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To reside; dwell.
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A family as including kin, ancestors, and descendants, esp. a royal or noble family.

The House of Tudor.

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The people, esp. members of a family, who live together in a house, considered as a unit; household.
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Something regarded as a house; place that provides shelter, living space, etc.
  • 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.
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Any place where something is thought of as living, resting, etc.
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Designating or of a salad dressing, type of wine, etc. featured at a particular bar or restaurant.
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Of or pertaining to a house or household.

A house servant.

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Of or pertaining to a particular business establishment.
  • 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.
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Something, such as a burrow or shell, that serves as a shelter or habitation for a wild animal.
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Trained, housebroken, etc. so that it can be kept in a house or apartment.

A house cat.

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The definition of a house is a building or shelter where people or animals live.

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.

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House is defined as to provide someone or something with shelter or a place to live.

An example of house is a family taking in a foster child.

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A residential college within a university.
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A family line including ancestors and descendants, especially a royal or noble family.

The House of Orange.

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House music.
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A structure serving as a dwelling for one or more persons, especially for a family.
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A household or family.
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A facility, such as a theater or restaurant, that provides entertainment or food for the public.

A movie house; the specialty of the house.

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The audience or patrons of such an establishment.

A full house.

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A commercial firm.

A brokerage house.

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A publishing company.

A house that specializes in cookbooks.

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A gambling casino.
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(slang) A house of prostitution.
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A legislative or deliberative assembly.
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The hall or chamber in which such an assembly meets.
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A quorum of such an assembly.
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One of the 12 parts into which the heavens are divided in astrology.
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The sign of the zodiac indicating the seat or station of a planet in the heavens.
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The management of a gambling establishment.
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A theater.
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The audience in a theater.
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A place of business.
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A business firm; commercial establishment.

A publishing house.

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A building where people meet for a particular activity or pursuit.

A house of worship, a house of prostitution.

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The building or rooms where a legislature or branch of a legislature meets.
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A legislative assembly or governing body.
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Any of the twelve parts into which the heavens are divided by great circles through the north and south points of the horizon.
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A sign of the zodiac considered as the seat of a planet's greatest influence.
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Human habitation.
  • ​ A structure serving as an abode of human beings. [from 9th c.]
    This is my house and my family's ancestral home.
  • An animal's shelter or den, or the shell of an animal such as a snail, used for protection. [from 10th c.]
  • 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 place of gambling; a casino. [from 18th c.]
  • 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.
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Extended senses.
  • (literary) Somewhere something metaphorically resides; a place of rest or repose. [from 9th c.]
  • 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.]
  • (chess, now rare) A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a piece. [from 16th c.]
  • (curling) The four concentric circles where points are scored on the ice. [from 19th c.]
  • Lotto; bingo. [from 20th c.]
  • ​ House music.
  • (uncountable, US) An aggregate of characteristics of a house.
  • (uncountable) A children's game in which the players pretend to be members of a household.
    As the babysitter, Emma always acted as the mother whenever the kids demanded to play house.
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To keep within a structure or container.

The car is housed in the garage.

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To admit to residence; to harbor/harbour.
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To take shelter or lodging; to abide; to lodge.
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(astrology) To dwell within one of the twelve astrological houses.
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To contain or cover mechanical parts.
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(nautical) To stow in a safe place; to take down and make safe.

To house the upper spars.

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(US) The House of Representatives, "the House".
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More generally, a shortened name for any chamber of a legislature that is named "House of...", especially where the other chamber(s) are not so named (as in Australia or Canada), or where there is no other chamber (as in New Zealand).
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A topographic surname​ for someone residing in a house (as opposed to a hut) or in a religious house.
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A building that functions as the primary shelter or location of something.

A carriage house; the lion house at the zoo.

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To fit (something) into a socket or mortise.
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To provide, or serve as, a house or lodgings for.
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To store in a house.
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To cover, harbor, or shelter by or as if by putting into a house.
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(archit., mech.) To insert into a housing.
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To take shelter.
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To reside; live.
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A dwelling for a group of people, such as students or members of a religious community, who live together as a unit.

A sorority house.

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(informal) like a house on fire
  • In an extremely speedy manner:
    Ran away like a house on fire; tickets that sold like a house afire.
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on the house
  • At the expense of the establishment; free:
    Food and drinks on the house.
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put
  • To organize one's affairs in a sensible, logical way.
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bring down the house
  • to receive enthusiastic applause from the audience
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clean house
  • to clean and put a home in order
  • to get rid of all unwanted things, undesirable conditions, etc.
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keep house
  • to take care of the affairs of a home; run a household
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like a house on fire
  • with speed and vigor
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on the house
  • given free, at the expense of the establishment
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play house
  • to pretend in child's play to be grown-up people with the customary household duties
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set one's house in order
  • to put one's affairs in order
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the man of the house
  • the male head of a household
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
house
Plural:
houses

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

like a house on fire
like a house on fire
set one's house in order
the House
the man of the house

Origin of house

  • Middle English hous from Old English hūs

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English hous, hus, from Old English hūs (“dwelling, shelter, house”), from Proto-Germanic *hūsą (compare West Frisian hûs, Dutch huis, Low German Huus, German Haus, Danish hus), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keus-, from *(s)keu- 'to hide'. More at hose.

    From Wiktionary