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

Meanwhile, The Dark Lord, Madame Satan, and Father Blackwood continue to conjure chaos in the Spellman household and the town of Greendale. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Arrivals April 2019," 19 Mar. 2019 In a potential sign of caution, households and businesses borrowed at a slower pace in the fourth quarter, and Americans saved a greater share of their incomes. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Stock-Market Volatility Takes a Bite Out of U.S. Households’ Net Worth," 7 Mar. 2019 In a conspicuous sign of unease among global investors, the value of Turkey’s currency, the lira, has plunged by roughly one-fifth this year, raising prices for households and businesses alike. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018 Families earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line (about $50,000 for a family of four) would get free child care, and everyone else would have their child care costs capped at 7 percent of their household income. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Cost of Child Care Is Crushing American Families. What Will the Presidential Candidates Do About It?," 15 Apr. 2019 With a population of about 15,500 and a median household income of $230,450, according to census data, Great Falls is mix of Beltway power brokers and Dulles... Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Where Washington, D.C’s Elites Sleep," 13 Apr. 2019 For an infant, the cost rises to $7,296, nearly 15 percent of household income. Hayley Harding, The Seattle Times, "Looking for the perfect child care? Join the waiting list.," 13 Apr. 2019 In Monroe County, Florida, the median rent is equivalent to nearly 63 percent of the median household income, the study found. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "How rising rents contribute to homelessness," 14 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, the income gap is continuing to widen: the median household income at Queensbridge Houses is $15,000, compared to $133,000 of those in the high-rise apartments in Hunters Point. Natt Garun, The Verge, "For Queens residents, Amazon’s HQ2 isn’t arriving without a fight," 20 Nov. 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 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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