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 In May, the bureau will begin sending enumerators to households that do not respond. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama survey measures likelihood of participation in 2020 Census," 13 Jan. 2020 The utility sells electricity to 841,000 residential and business customers and natural gas to 353,000 households and workplaces. Greg Jefferson,, "Jefferson: Iran wants to hack our power grid. Can CPS Energy prevent it?," 10 Jan. 2020 To play bilingual Billie, Awkwafina, who did not grow up in a Chinese-speaking household, had to buckle down and brush up on her Mandarian. Ariana Romero,, "The Golden Globes Is Putting The Future Of Hollywood On Its Only Two Winners Of Colour," 6 Jan. 2020 And Premier Health Partners, last year began assessing a $520 health care benefits surcharge on any workers who smoke, chew tobacco, or live in a household where others smoke. Chris Morris, Fortune, "U-Haul Will Stop Hiring Smokers in 21 States," 2 Jan. 2020 The bureau will try to contact the public over the course of a few weeks before census takers head out to households that have yet to respond. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "Five things to know about the 2020 census and how it impacts you," 1 Jan. 2020 How, when and where board meetings and elections are held should be given to each household every year. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Please, lawmakers, fix this metro district problem; Flaws in the logic of impeachment support (12/21/19)," 23 Dec. 2019 And by 2030, severe obesity will be the most common BMI category nationwide among women, black non-Hispanic adults, and adults in low-income households (less than $50,000), the researchers report. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Nearly 1 in 4 adults in the US will be severely obese by 2030, study suggests," 19 Dec. 2019 According to Thiemo Fetzer, Srinjoy Sen and Pedro Souza of Warwick University, in Camden the average loss to households was £1,924 ($2,530) a year. The Economist, "No crib for a bed On any one winter night, around 5,000 people in Britain sleep rough," 18 Dec. 2019 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,, "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


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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16 Jan 2020

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“Household.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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How to pronounce household (audio)

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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