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noun \ˈhau̇s\

Simple Definition of house

  • : a building in which a family lives

  • : the people who live in a house

  • : a structure or shelter in which animals are kept

Full Definition of house

plural hous·es play \ˈhau̇-zəz also -səz\

  1. 1 :  a building that serves as living quarters for one or a few families :  home

  2. 2 a (1) :  a shelter or refuge (as a nest or den) of a wild animal (2) :  a natural covering (as a test or shell) that encloses and protects an animal or a colony of zooids b :  a building in which something is housed <a carriage house>

  3. 3 a :  one of the 12 equal sectors in which the celestial sphere is divided in astrology b :  a zodiacal sign that is the seat of a planet's greatest influence

  4. 4 a :  household b :  a family including ancestors, descendants, and kindred <the house of Tudor>

  5. 5 a :  a residence for a religious community or for students b :  the community or students in residence

  6. 6 a :  a legislative, deliberative, or consultative assembly; especially :  one constituting a division of a bicameral body b :  the building or chamber where such an assembly meets c :  a quorum of such an assembly

  7. 7 a :  a place of business or entertainment <a movie house> b (1) :  a business organization <a publishing house> (2) :  a gambling establishment c :  the audience in a theater or concert hall <a full house on opening night>

  8. 8 :  the circular area 12 feet in diameter surrounding the tee and within which a curling stone must rest in order to count

  9. 9 [from The Warehouse, Chicago dance club that pioneered the style] :  a type of dance music mixed by a disc jockey that features overdubbing with a heavy repetitive drumbeat and repeated electronic melody lines

house·ful play \ˈhau̇s-ˌfu̇l\ noun
house·less play \ˈhau̇-sləs\ adjective
house·less·ness noun
on the house
  1. :  without charge :  free

Examples of house

  1. Would you like to come to my house for dinner?

  2. I spent the weekend just puttering around the house.

  3. He made enough noise to wake the whole house.

Origin of house

Middle English hous, from Old English hūs; akin to Old High German hūs house

First Known Use: before 12th century



verb \ˈhau̇z\

Simple Definition of house

  • : to provide shelter or a living space for (someone)

  • : to be a shelter for (something) : to store or contain (something)

  • : to surround or enclose (something) in order to protect it

Full Definition of house


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to provide with living quarters or shelter b :  to store in a house

  3. 2 :  to encase, enclose, or shelter as if by putting in a house

  4. 3 :  to serve as a shelter or container for :  contain <buildings that house government offices>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to take shelter :  lodge

Examples of house

  1. More prisons are needed to house the growing number of inmates.

  2. The museum houses an impressive collection of jewels.

  3. The carpenter built casing to house the hot water pipes.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of house

before 12th century

Rhymes with house


biographical name \ˈhau̇s\

Definition of House

  1. Edward Mandell 1858–1938 Colonel House Am. diplomat

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