Save room for a soufflé, the century-long house specialty …—Thomas P. Farley
a house cocktail [=a cocktail whose recipe was created by the bar, restaurant, etc. at which it is served]
: a business organization
a publishing house
: a gambling establishment
: the audience in a theater or concert hall
a full house on opening night
curling: the circular area 12 feet in diameter surrounding the tee and within which a curling stone must rest in order to count
[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
Would you like to come to my house for dinner?
I spent the weekend just puttering around the house.
He made enough noise to wake the whole house. Verb
More prisons are needed to house the growing number of inmates.
The museum houses an impressive collection of jewels.
The carpenter built casing to house the hot water pipes. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Other than something serious and unexpected, like an illness or a house fire, isn’t an invitation an invitation, period?—Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2023 For instance, while home with her children in Georgia, rather than being fully glamorous as she is often depicted, the former wears a relaxed floral house dress with an apron.—Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 18 Nov. 2023 The Grand Floridian Resort houses Disney World Resort’s only full-service spa where guests ages 14 and up are greeted with calming stones and aromatics of their choice prior to receiving services like the Tired Feet Rejuvenation massage or the Pumpkin Spice Honey Manicure.—Janine Rubenstein, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 Inbar Goldstein visits her parents' house for the first time after it was burnt in Hamas' attack in Kfar Aza, Israel, Nov. 10.—WSJ, 17 Nov. 2023 Footage shows the homeowner walking up to his Los Angeles house with a drink in one hand and reaching for his keys in his pocket.—Pilar Arias, Fox News, 6 Nov. 2023 The house is decorated with photos of the Mansarays smiling and close, Marcia's hair graying over the years.—Monica Potts, ABC News, 6 Nov. 2023 In a few hours, the 47-year-old will rock the stage of Drai’s in front of a packed house that’ll include Ja Rule (donning a Jheri-curl wig for Halloween).—Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 6 Nov. 2023 My nephews and nieces try to warn their Aunt Aya before the house shakes.—Mosab Abu Toha, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023
Discretely housed on the lower level with an outside entrance is a small room and bathroom that easily serves as another bedroom, an art studio, or a gym.—Mark David, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2023 Workers are slowly setting up a new trailer park to house legal teams for the someday trial.—Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 In recent days, many Maryland officials have applauded the decision to house the headquarters in Prince George’s.—Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2023 Erected during the medieval ages and almost completely rebuilt in 1528 by Francis I in grand Italianate style, the palace was passed down through the generations and continued to house monarchs well into the 19th century.—Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 Seventeen stories tall, as wide as a football field and over 1,000 feet long, the wooden structures were built by the Navy in World War II to house dirigibles assigned to patrol the Pacific Coast.—Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 New York City, Chicago, Denver and other cities have struggled to house destitute Venezuelan migrants, most of whom don't have family members or friends in the U.S. who can take them in.—Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 14 Nov. 2023 But a $1,280 necklace isn’t exactly affordable for most teens, like the young Presley, who need a space to house their burning loves and desires.—Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 14 Nov. 2023 On Sunday, the city opened up an enormous tent facility to house migrants on the grounds of an old airfield in southern Brooklyn.—Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English hous, from Old English hūs; akin to Old High German hūs house
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1