house·​hold·​er | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce householder (audio) , ˈhau̇-ˌsōl- \

Definition of householder

: a person who occupies a house or tenement alone or as the head of a household

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Recent Examples on the Web By the 1890s, in the suburbs of both London and Paris, it was estimated that three quarters of householders were actively engaged in tending to their gardens. The School Of Life, CNN, "The School of Life Presents: Nature may be the antidote to our modern way of life," 27 May 2020 And, even when census workers do go later to non-responding householders, the process should go quicker than in the past. Ditched beginning with this census has been the old-fashioned paperwork. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Census 2020 starts today; what about coronavirus?," 12 Mar. 2020 On one street in North London, at least, not a single householder was seen making the gesture, unless the guy sitting on his doorstep and looking at his phone could be counted, which somehow seemed unlikely. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Queasy London Celebrates the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of V-E Day," 9 May 2020 After that, the census used the concept of householder. Aviva Rutkin, The Conversation, "Your guide to the 2020 census questionnaire," 1 May 2020 Porch pirates scour door steps for deliveries that have been made when a householder was out, and nab them. The Economist, "Drones’ self defence As delivery drones multiply, they may need to protect themselves," 27 Feb. 2020 Median household income includes the income of the householder and anyone else over 15 years old living in the home. Madlin Mekelburg,, "Does San Antonio have the lowest per capita income of ‘major’ Texas cities?," 24 Feb. 2020 The ancient Indian text The Vedas advises giving leftovers to scavengers, including stray dogs, as part of being a good householder. National Geographic, "Stray dogs have the natural ability to understand human gestures," 17 Jan. 2020 So far, the costs of President Trump’s tariffs on low-margin Chinese goods have been borne almost entirely by U.S. consumers, householders and importers, initial results from academic studies show. Washington Post, "Trump Has a Giant Wrench for China’s Auto Gears," 17 May 2019

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First Known Use of householder

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Householder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of householder

chiefly British, formal : someone who lives in a house, apartment, etc.


house·​hold·​er | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce householder (audio) \

Kids Definition of householder

: a person who lives in a dwelling alone or as the head of a household


house·​hold·​er | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce householder (audio) \

Legal Definition of householder

: a person who occupies a house alone or as head of a household specifically : one who makes a declaration of homestead

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