- A frame, bracket, or box for holding or protecting a mechanical part.A wheel housing.
- An enclosing frame in which a shaft revolves.
An example of housing is an apartment building.
A shortage of housing in the city.
The housing crisis.
She came to college early to look for housing.
The gears were grinding against their housing.
The housing of refugees; a contract that includes housing.
Other Word Forms
Origin of housing
- From Middle English house from Old French houce from Medieval Latin hucia, hulcia, hultia protective covering of Germanic origin kel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English housinge, howsynge, from Old English *hūsung (“housing”), from Old English hūsian (“to house, shelter; receive into one's house”), equivalent to house + -ing. Cognate with Scots housing (“housing”), Dutch huizing, behuizing (“housing”), Low German husing, hüsing (“housing”), German Behausung (“housing”).