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house

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noun, often attributive \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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of house

plural houses 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

houseful play \ˈhau̇s-ˌfu̇l\ noun
houseless play \ˈhau̇-sləs\ adjective
houselessness noun
on the house
  1. :  without charge :  free

Examples of house in a sentence

  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


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house

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of house

housedhousing

  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 in a sentence

  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


House

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biographical name \ˈhau̇s\

Definition of House

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





HOUSE Defined for Kids

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house

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noun \ˈhau̇s\

Definition of house for Students

plural houses \ˈhau̇-zəz\

  1. 1 :  a place built for people to live in

  2. 2 :  something (as a nest or den) used by an animal for shelter

  3. 3 :  a building in which something is kept <a carriage house>

  4. 4 :  1household <Her noise woke up the whole house.>

  5. 5 :  a body of persons assembled to make the laws for a country <The United States Congress is made up of two houses.>

  6. 6 :  a business firm <a publishing house>

  7. 7 :  the audience in a theater or concert hall

  8. 8 :  family 2 <the house of Windsor>

on the house
  1. :  free of charge <Dessert is on the house.>




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house

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verb \ˈhau̇z\

Definition of house for Students

housedhousing

  1. 1 :  to provide with living quarters or shelter

  2. 2 :  contain 2 <All three movies are housed in a single set.>




Law Dictionary

house

noun

Legal Definition of house

  1. 1a :  a building (as a single or multiple family house, apartment, or hotel room) serving as living quarters and usu. including the curtilage b :  a building (as one's residence or a locked place of business) in which one is entitled to protection (as from warrantless searches and seizures) under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

  2. 2a :  a legislative assembly esp. that constitutes a division of a bicameral body b :  the building or chamber where such an assembly meets c :  a quorum of such an assembly





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