household

noun
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

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

On Thursday, the ECB announced a third round of its Targeted Longer-Term Refinancing Operations—or TLTRO—program, which will offer cheap two-year loans to eurozone banks, linked to lending to businesses and households. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "ECB’s Latest Stimulus Will Help Banks More Than the Economy," 7 Mar. 2019 However, as technology improved, comic games started to cross into other genres, and less mainstream series started to make appearances on game consoles and PCs in households across America. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 Soon thereafter, German cockroaches were discovered that were fully resistant to DDT, which for a time was promoted by the federal government for use on farms and in households. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 So the question is: Can something that's been done for generations, particularly in Latin American, African American and Middle Eastern households, be unsafe? Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi spark debate: How old must a baby be before getting pierced ears?," 12 July 2018 In its first year, the USDA's FINI program generated almost $8 million in SNAP and incentive purchases of fruits and vegetables - more than 16 million additional servings of fresh produce for SNAP households. Jane Black And Leah Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits," 12 July 2018 While corporate profits benefit some households in the form of dividends and higher stock prices, wages are the biggest source of income for most Americans, meaning wealth is being distributed more unevenly than before. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Despite Tight Job Market, Labor Force’s Income Is Squeezed," 23 Feb. 2019 Follow these steps by Law and Michael Gaffney, founder of the New York School of Flower Design, to keep your flowers living longer with common household ingredients. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Of course, that's not the only household drama going down. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Hints at Fight That Could Tear Brothers Danny and Jamie Reagan Apart," 1 Feb. 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, 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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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 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

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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