household

noun
house·​hold | \ˈhau̇s-ˌhōld, 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

household

adjective

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

extended family, home, house, ménage

Synonyms: Adjective

domestic, familial

Antonyms: Adjective

nondomestic, nonfamilial

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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

Unmarried women [are now] the majority of head of households. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Voters Don't Come Out for Midterm Elections. But That Could Change This Year.," 30 Oct. 2018 More than 200,000 of the households without cable or wireline service are in Florida, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon fiber suffered “unprecedented” damage from Hurricane Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 People come to their political opinions based on stories and narratives, based on identity affiliation and sorting, not based on nickel-and-dime calculations regarding their own household budgets. David Roberts, Vox, "Putting a dollar value on one of oil’s biggest subsidies: military protection," 21 Sep. 2018 The indictment depicts a couple freely dipping into campaign cash for years to bankroll their personal lifestyle, while their household budget was awash in red ink. Michael R. Blood And Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "Uncertainty looms over House race after Hunter indictment," 21 Aug. 2018 More than 90% of Puerto Rican households requested assistance following the hurricane, according to the report. Connor Perrett, Teen Vogue, "Puerto Rico's Government Acknowledged That More Than 1,400 People Died From Hurricane Maria," 9 Aug. 2018 Fortunately, there's good news for the 15 percent of pet-owning households that have lost a dog or cat in the past five years. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About How to Find a Lost Pet," 30 July 2018 Twenty-nine percent of the households are in poverty, city spokesman Mike Journee said. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A 60-year-old fuel terminal could leave Boise’s Bench. Here’s what could replace it.," 11 July 2018 Increasingly, says Ms Bijapurkar, a single salary is not enough to balance the bloated household budget. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Grandayy/YouTube Actors on online freelance marketplace Fiverr aren’t exactly household names, but one man has become a bit of a celebrity on YouTube for his spokesperson-like abilities. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube’s favorite Fiverr actor is banned from the service," 6 Nov. 2018 Not exactly household names, but here’s the geography that the videos take you through. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Get a look at what the surface of Pluto and its moon Charon really look like," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of household

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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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More Definitions for household

household

noun

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

household

adjective

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

household

noun
house·​hold | \ˈhau̇s-ˌhōld \

Kids Definition of household

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

household

adjective

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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