house·​plant ˈhau̇s-ˌplant How to pronounce houseplant (audio)
: a plant grown or kept indoors

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Celebrate the onset of summer by viewing your garden, or houseplants, as physical representations of your manifestations. Aliza Pelto, Women's Health, 18 May 2023 For your green thumb, find tips for saving money on houseplants and how to keep your plants alive longer. Kate Wagner, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 This tropical plant can be brought indoors in the fall to enjoy as a houseplant. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 17 May 2023 Jade plants—actually, most houseplants—can’t stand wet feet. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 10 May 2023 Give a houseplant that suits the recipient's tastes. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2023 While both movies are completely fictional, and humans needn’t worry about being devoured by a ravenous houseplant anytime soon, the same can’t be said for flies, spiders, beetles and other insects, which can quickly go from being unsuspecting victims to lunch. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2021 Buy It: Room Essentials Half-Circle Self-Water Wall Planter Pot, ($10, Target) These Room Essentials two-pack half circle wall planters are good for small houseplants, and include a nail hole to hang from a wall or outside fence. Lauren Fischer, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 May 2023 This houseplant requires more consistency, so be sure to keep the soil damp and move it to a bright spot in your house. Amanda Garrity,, 25 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of houseplant was in 1824

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“Houseplant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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house·​plant ˈhau̇-ˌsplant How to pronounce houseplant (audio)
: a plant grown or kept indoors

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