house·​mate | \ˈhau̇s-ˌmāt \

Definition of housemate 

: 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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The third housemate, prosecutors said, ran to his bedroom and closed the door. — Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Man sentenced for killing housemates," 19 May 2018 Though the situation looks as if there was no foul play, homicide detectives are investigating both housemates' deaths. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He carefully planned his suicide. But the plan went horribly awry, cops say.," 30 May 2018 Some of the homes are being constructed with two master bedrooms, a design strategy by builder Reynen & Bardis to help a young single professional buy a home and bring on a housemate to help pay the mortgage. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Remember the old state fairgrounds? It’s Sacramento’s newest urban housing hot spot," 12 July 2018 Families scouting for wives for their sons are looking for their own future carers and housemates, given the tradition of brides moving into the in-laws’ family home. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 Wells, who worked as a caterer, and his sister sat at a table with their godmother, Shirley Ann Conover, and a housemate, mixing their own family stories with knowing gossip about various Kennedys. Jennifer Schuessler, The Seattle Times, "Jacqueline Kennedy’s notes for Dallas found, starting a quiet tug of war," 2 July 2018 Taka’s running the kitchen, cooking a hot pot for the housemates, as Yuudai observes and takes cooking instructions from Taka. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "This Episode of Terrace House Ends on a Cliff-hanger," 17 May 2018 Allowance teaches you how to manage money; chores teach you how to manage your life, take care of yourself, and be a good housemate. Michelle Singletary,, "No, an allowance doesn’t teach your children how to manage money," 11 May 2018 Yuudai explains that his priorities don’t line up with the rest of his housemates. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "This Episode of Terrace House Is Brimming With Exes," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of housemate

1593, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of housemate

: a person who lives in the same house with another person but is not a part of that person's family

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