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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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

His mother sold crochet products online and frequently pawned household items. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "With ACA under attack, a family racked by illness wonders what will happen to their health coverage," 13 July 2018 The stressful exercise of making household budgets meet monthly payments diminished the happiness, which families were supposed to be enjoying.... Monitor Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, "Troubled by the US Supreme Court’s upholding of Trump’s travel ban, Erdoğan’s reelection tilts toward authoritarianism, Why a stable Turkey is important, Ukraine has come a long way since Russia’s invasion, ‘Standard of living’ or ‘standard of life’?," 14 July 2018 The areas of manufacturing will include new-energy vehicles, computer, communication and consumer electronics and household products, as well as commodities like silicon metal and coal, according to Wu. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 But a nagging question has been hanging over the industry: Would banks, taking their cue from rising economic optimism and a friendlier White House, significantly increase their lending to businesses and households? Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn’t Keep Pace," 13 July 2018 Clothes, airline fares and household furniture fell in price last month. Christopher Rugaber, Fox News, "US inflation reaches 2.9 percent in June, highest in 6 years," 13 July 2018 Clothing and shoes for all ages and household, health and beauty items will be available. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Church news," 13 July 2018 Ammonia—one nitrogen atom bonded to three hydrogen atoms—may not seem like an ideal fuel: The chemical, used in household cleaners, smells foul and is toxic. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 That’s the percentage of Kansas City’s approximately 900,000 TV households. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Royals’ TV ratings drop but remain among baseball’s best," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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Phrases Related to household

head of the household

household name

Statistics for household

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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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