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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Friends and family, whose couches or spare rooms are often a landing pad for recently homeless people, have been wary of allowing anyone from outside their household to stay with them for fear of contracting the virus. New York Times, "An Overnight Refuge for Homeless New Yorkers, Lost to the Pandemic," 8 Feb. 2021 Those guidelines vary by region but generally include keeping six feet of distance between yourself and others, wearing masks, washing hands and limiting time spent indoors with those from outside your household. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Experts Know About the Current Coronavirus Variants," 28 Jan. 2021 The advisory limits indoor and outdoor gatherings to 10 people, and urges residents to avoid indoor contact with anyone outside their household. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County stay-at-home advisory extended to Jan. 31," 14 Jan. 2021 Children are responsible for only 4% of household clusters infections, according to a study published early last December. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Mike Bloomberg urges Biden 'to stand up to' teachers unions on school reopenings," 4 Feb. 2021 His father led a white-shoe law firm, and his mother ran the household while supporting arts organizations. New York Times, "How Andy Jassy, Amazon’s Next C.E.O., Was a ‘Brain Double’ for Jeff Bezos," 3 Feb. 2021 In more recent years, dating apps like Bumble, Hinge and Tinder have become household names. Linda Kessler, Dallas News, "Looking for love? Technology can help," 2 Feb. 2021 About 40% of all household wealth now comes from inheritance. Lee Lynch, Star Tribune, "Please raise my taxes; I can afford it," 1 Feb. 2021 All three were made from shoddy materials, including windows that could bend and doors attached with household hinges. Ashley Chervinski,, "How Elizabeth Carmichael Went From Small Time Scams To Running An Infamous Car Company," 31 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective England’s national lockdown ends on Tuesday, and prohibits meetings with more than one non-household member. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Rita Ora Apologizes for Attending Birthday Party Amid COVID-19 Lockdown," 30 Nov. 2020 North Carolinians are mandated to wear masks , even in their own homes when around non-household members. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "More than 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine distributed in North Carolina," 23 Dec. 2020 Officials reminded participants to remain physically distanced from non-household members. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskans encouraged to ‘bring back the light’ in a moment of reflection and solidarity," 18 Dec. 2020 As part of a state of emergency declared on Nov. 9 in response to surging Covid-19 rates in Utah, Herbert issued both a mask mandate and a ban on inter-household gatherings that lasted for two weeks. NBC news, "This Thanksgiving, many opt for 'a plate at the door and some elbow bumps'," 20 Nov. 2020 Levine also reminded Vermonters that Gov. Phil Scott’s order banning on multi-household gatherings is still in effect. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Conspiracy theories, overtime abuse, digital divide: News from around our 50 states," 4 Dec. 2020 Most of the restrictions are aimed at multi-household gatherings, reasoning that large numbers of people from separate households meeting in one place risks a greater spread of the virus. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Vermont governor announces school leaders will ask students about being in 'multi-family gatherings' over Thanksgiving," 25 Nov. 2020 Utah's move to relax restrictions on inter-household gatherings comes the same day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a blunt warning: do not travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. NBC News, "Utah governor to end one-household-gathering rule before Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2020 State health officials continue to ask Alaskans to avoid indoor gatherings with non-household members, and have said that most Alaskans who contract the virus get it from a friend, family member or co-worker. Anchorage Daily News, "Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: Record 18 deaths and 533 new cases reported Saturday," 12 Dec. 2020

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

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23 Feb 2021

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“Household.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of household

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the people in a family or other group that are living together in one house



English Language Learners Definition of household (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a house or to the people living in a house
: known to many people : familiar or common


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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