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house

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noun, often attributive \ ˈhau̇s \

Definition of house

plural houses play \ˈhau̇-zəz also -səz\
1 :a building that serves as living quarters for one or a few families :home
  • invited them to her house for dinner
  • a two-family house
2 a (1) :a shelter or refuge (such as a nest or den) of a wild animal
(2) :a natural covering (such as a test or shell) that encloses and protects an animal or a colony of zooids
b :a building in which something is sheltered or stored
  • a carriage house
3 a astrology :one of the 12 equal sectors (see 1sector 1a) in which the celestial sphere is divided
b astrology :a sign of the zodiac that is the seat of a planet's greatest influence
  • the house occupied by Jupiter
4 a :household
  • woke up the whole house
b :a family including ancestors, descendants, and kindred
  • the house of Tudor
5 a :a residence for a religious community or for students
  • a fraternity house
b :the community or students living in such a residence
6 a government :a legislative, deliberative, or consultative assembly; especially :one constituting a division of a bicameral body
  • a bill approved by both houses of Congress
b :the building or chamber where such an assembly meets
c :a quorum of such an assembly
7 a :a place of business or entertainment
  • a movie house
  • the local fish house
  • a house of prostitution
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 curling :the circular area 12 feet in diameter surrounding the tee and within which a curling stone must rest in order to count
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[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
: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.

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Origin and Etymology of house

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


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house

play
verb \ ˈhau̇z \

Definition of house

housed; housing
transitive verb
1 a :to provide with living quarters or shelter
  • a place to house their guests
b :to store in a building
  • the barn where they house their boat
2 :to encase, enclose, or shelter as if by putting in a house (see 1house)
  • so timorous a soul housed in so impressive a body
  • —A. W. Long
3 :to serve as a shelter or container for :contain
  • buildings that house government offices
intransitive verb
: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.

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Origin and Etymology of house

see 1house

house Synonyms


House

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biographical name \ ˈhau̇s \

Definition of House

Edward Mandell 1858–1938 Colonel House American diplomat

HOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

house

play
noun

Definition of house for English Language Learners

  • : a building in which a family lives

  • : the people who live in a house

  • : a structure or shelter in which animals are kept


house

play
verb

Definition of house for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HOUSE Defined for Kids

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house

play
noun \ ˈhau̇s \

Definition of house for Students

plural houses \ˈhau̇-zəz\
1 :a place built for people to live in
2 :something (as a nest or den) used by an animal for shelter
3 :a building in which something is kept
  • a carriage house
4 :1household
  • Her noise woke up the whole house.
5 :a body of persons assembled to make the laws for a country
  • The United States Congress is made up of two houses.
6 :a business firm
  • a publishing house
7 :the audience in a theater or concert hall
8 :family 2
  • the house of Windsor
on the house
:free of charge
  • Dessert is on the house.

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house

play
verb \ ˈhau̇z \

Definition of house for Students

housed; housing
1 :to provide with living quarters or shelter
2 :contain 2
  • All three movies are housed in a single set.

Law Dictionary

house

noun

legal Definition of house

1 a :a building (as a single or multiple family house, apartment, or hotel room) serving as living quarters and usually 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 a :a legislative assembly especially 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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