household

1 of 2

noun

house·​hold ˈhau̇s-ˌhōld How to pronounce household (audio)
ˈhau̇-ˌsōld
: those who dwell under the same roof and compose a family
also : a social unit composed of those living together in the same dwelling

household

2 of 2

adjective

1
: of or relating to a household : domestic
cooking and other household arts
2
: familiar, common
a household name

Examples of household in a Sentence

Noun At that time, not many households had telephones. the dish became a household word because of the sudden popularity of the cuisine Adjective they spent the weekend at home, attending to household chores “ozone” is now a household word, thanks to global warming
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
However, according to Census Bureau data, real median household income in 2022 was $74,580. Terri Williams, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 In South Florida, the median household income is $67,263 a year. Rebecca San Juan, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 Police stations maintain registers of every household; workplace and residential organizations compile information on members; and shop owners, hotels, and printing shops report on customers. Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Hispanic Americans saw a gain of 3.2 million households, to reach a new peak of 51.1%. Nazmul Ahasan, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 Additionally, 15% of households in the state were heated with electricity, the largest share of which was generated by natural gas power plants. Thomas Catenacci, Fox News, 19 Feb. 2024 An old American military base in Iceland helped supply household appliances for a number of sets. Emily Zemler, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Feb. 2024 Last year there were 44.3 million renter households in the US — about 34% of all US households — according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Anna Bahney, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 Suddenly, young Toussaint was the only wage-earner in the household. Elizabeth Stone, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024
Adjective
Hancock said in the statement that his family canceled their traditional multi-household Thanksgiving celebration. NBC News, 25 Nov. 2020 Stress, overexertion and seasonal factors are some of the most common non-household triggers. Talis Shelbourne, jsonline.com, 26 Aug. 2022 In 2022, Netflix limited password-sharing in Latin America, asking members to pay an additional fee to share their accounts with non-household members. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 25 Jan. 2023 To address this, Netflix is testing ways for subscribers in certain countries such as Peru and Chile to pay $2 to $3 more to add non-household members to their plans. Wendy Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 The toughest restrictions since the pandemic began are to go into effect today, including an unprecedented move to limit multi-household gatherings on private premises to two families. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 10 Feb. 2022 The toughest restrictions since the pandemic began are set to come into effect on Thursday, including an unprecedented move to limit multi-household gatherings on private premises to two families. Shirley Zhao, Bloomberg.com, 9 Feb. 2022 Non-household members visited us outside in the backyard. Rob Relyea, CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 As with other tests the streamer has conducted, there’s no guarantee that the option to pay for non-household members will end up permanently part of the service. Todd Spangler, Variety, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of household was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Household.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/household. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

household

1 of 2 noun
house·​hold ˈhau̇s-ˌhōld How to pronounce household (audio)
ˈhau̇-ˌsōld
: those who live as a family in one house
also : a social unit made up of those living together in the same house

household

2 of 2 adjective
1
: of or relating to a household : domestic
2
: familiar entry 2 sense 3a, common
a household word

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