house·​mate ˈhau̇s-ˌmāt How to pronounce housemate (audio)
: a person who lives in the same house with another

Examples of housemate in a Sentence

In college, she lived in a house off campus with five housemates. The TV belongs to my housemate.
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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of housemate was in 1593

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“Housemate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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house·​mate -ˌsmāt How to pronounce housemate (audio)
: a person who lives with another in the same house

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