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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Authorities say Nayeri, Handley and a third man forced the dispensary owner and a female housemate from their home on 25th Street in Newport Beach and into the back of a van that headed into the desert at night. Christopher Goffardstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Man who escaped O.C. jail is convicted of kidnapping pair, mutilation of pot store owner," 16 Aug. 2019 After installing video cameras to surveil a residence on 25th Street, where the dispensary owner rented a room, the three men are suspected of entering the home wearing black ski masks as the housemates slept, Brown said. Daily Pilot, "Trial begins for man accused of kidnapping and torturing Newport Beach dispensary owner," 18 July 2019 San Diego police have arrested a 34-year-old housemate of a 56-year-old man who died in his University City home earlier this week. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arrest made in death of University City man," 9 July 2019 Glynn's unrequited feelings for a male housemate also prompt him to confront his sexuality. Elena Nicolaou,, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 2019 Another housemate told him later that the care worker had taken Reed upstairs, turned on the bath faucet, then came back downstairs, Ribich said. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "Boise man died of burns after a home health aide left him in hot bath, friend says," 3 June 2019 In the meantime, Irby’s former housemates have set up a GoFundMe page for memorial expenses. Rachel Swan,, "25-year-old man killed at Gilroy Garlic Festival remembered as an athlete with a big heart," 29 July 2019 So much of what makes the U.K. version work is watching the friendships form between housemates. Amy Kaufman,, "‘Love Island’ USA: We answer your burning questions about the U.K. reality TV sensation," 9 July 2019 Several housemates had chopped fresh vegetables, scooped lentils from a 24-quart tub to turn into soup, prepared a fresh salad, browned flatbreads in a pan and mixed fresh batches of lemonade and limeade. Cassa Niedringhaus, The Denver Post, "Once-controversial, Boulder housing co-ops proving worth in affordability, community," 16 June 2019

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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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