house·​hold | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌhōld How to pronounce household (audio) , ˈhau̇-ˌsōld \

Definition of household

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: those who dwell under the same roof and compose a family also : a social unit composed of those living together in the same dwelling



Definition of household (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for household

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of household in a Sentence

Noun At that time, not many households had telephones. a household that consists of a single mom, her two kids, and her widowed mother Adjective he spent the weekend at home, helping with household chores “ozone” is now a household word, thanks to global warming
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun About 60% of Oakland residents are renters, and 51% of those households are very low-income, Fife said in a news release announcing the measure, which in Alameda County means a household income of less than about $71,400 for a family of four. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2022 The median household income in 2019 for Central Park Heights was estimated at $44,000, significantly below that of the state, which in 2019 was estimated to be around $95,000, according to U.S. Census data. Donna M. Owens, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2022 There are other qualifying factors, including the ability to dedicate 30% of gross monthly household income to the eventual mortgage. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 On his statement of economic interests filed with the Alabama Ethics Commission, James reported his total household income for 2021 in the range of $10,000 to $50,000. Mike Cason |, al, 11 May 2022 The value of money and property seized jumped from around $12,000 the year before Cantrell took over to more than $68,000 in 2013 — nearly double the average annual household income here. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Across the country, about 29.7% of the typical household income went toward rent in the 50 largest U.S. metro markets, up from the 25.3% for the same month in 2021. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 Today, Glasgow has a poverty rate of 27 percent and a median household income of $28,000, according to 24/7 Wall Street, a data company that in 2020 ranked Glasgow the poorest town in Kentucky. New York Times, 10 May 2022 Within the zone, population density is more than three times that of the rest of the city and median household income is about half of the median income citywide, according to the program’s website. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 One option is the installation of solar panels on a free-standing building, such as a house, or a multi-household dwelling. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Parents should also be aware of the possibility of intra-household transmission to themselves or their other children., 18 Aug. 2021 Naomi Osaka, a Japanese citizen who has spent all but the first three years of her life in the U.S., and is now one of the biggest stars in tennis, got bounced out of the Olympics by a non-household name in the second round. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 30 July 2021 Six feet of spacing between tables and other seating will still be recommended as is spacing between non-household parties. Post-tribune Staff,, 30 Mar. 2021 Inter-household visits currently are barred in much of the U.K. Chronicle Staff,, 27 Nov. 2020 Anyone who gathered with non-household members over the holiday should consider getting tested for COVID-19, Swann said. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of household


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Household.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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house·​hold | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌhōld How to pronounce household (audio) \

Kids Definition of household

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: all the people in a family or group who live together in one house



Kids Definition of household (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a house or a household household chores
2 : familiar sense 1 The actor became a household name.

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