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Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent place of residence

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Other Words from homeless

homelessness noun

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Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the over 80,000 people left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday evening. Fox News, "The Latest: Official death toll still 131 in Indonesia quake," 9 Aug. 2018 More than 100,000 people died and millions were left homeless in the most brutal conflict in Europe since World War II. Chris Lehourites, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia has surpassed the great Yugoslav teams of the past," 12 July 2018 Eboue previously revealed having fallen on hard times following a bitter divorce which even left him homeless. SI.com, "Arson-al: Ex-Gunners Defender Arrested in London on Suspicion of Arson," 8 July 2018 The city used the old Orange Bowl to process thousands of refugees and later to house hundreds who'd been left homeless. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Ex-Miami commissioner Armando Lacasa represented exiles, was political commentator," 27 June 2018 Residents of a Glendale apartment building were left temporarily homeless over the weekend after a natural-gas explosion forced them out while repairs are made. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Explosion sends debris flying from Glendale apartment, displaces residents," 19 June 2018 His recording career ended at that point; his alcoholism and severe mental health problems left him homeless for several years. NBC News, "Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies at 68," 10 June 2018 Nearly 1 million people were left homeless, and 385 died. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Looking back at the 2008 floods in Indiana," 7 June 2018 The blaze Lopez pleaded guilty to setting in July left 130 people homeless and caused more than $1.3 million in damage. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "He set fire for revenge, leaving 130 homeless. Prison is only part of his punishment.," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of homeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of homeless

: having no place to live


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Kids Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent residence

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homelessness noun

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