house·​mate | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌmāt How to pronounce housemate (audio) \

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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On Tuesday their former housemate, Diana Pena, pleaded guilty to accessory to murder and implicated Turner and Kennison in the March killing of Dr. Thomas Burchard. CBS News, "Former Playboy model, boyfriend could face death penalty for murder of doctor," 14 June 2019 Bullis at the time was living in Champaign with a group of polyamorous housemates. Jamie Munks,, "Accused U. of I. killer’s girlfriend admits conflict over wearing FBI wire, ‘but I also cared about this missing person’," 19 June 2019 Investigators allege that Sager stabbed his housemate to death during the summer of 2015 following a verbal argument. Chris Harris,, "Calif. Man Arrested After Former Housemate's Skeleton Is Found in Backyard They Shared," 8 Jan. 2018 The show’s final housemate may be the scariest of all. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "‘Shadows’ sucks comedy from the everyday lives of vampires," 26 Mar. 2019 Lolly Adefope plays her best friend and housemate Fran, a hair stylist that does everything with a bit of flair and plenty of cutting zingers. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Aidy Bryant's "Shrill" Is the Groundbreaking Show Letting a Fat Person Be the Hero," 15 Mar. 2019 In the 1989-90 school year, about eight male law students, Kavanaugh among them, shared a brownstone house, divided into several apartments … All the housemates leaned Democrat — except for Kavanaugh. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 The expansiveness of their shared living space — and the big backyard — has allowed the housemates to hold large gatherings: at a Chinese New Year party, for example, friends helped them make, and consume, 800 dumplings. Kim Velsey, New York Times, "When the Downstairs Neighbors Become Best Friends," 30 Apr. 2018 Chiu and Kim were housemates with some other people, and Liccardo often slept on the couch. Willie Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gavin Newsom strolling into California governor’s job? John Cox may surprise," 9 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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