noun (1)
hous·​ing | \ ˈhau̇-ziŋ How to pronounce housing (audio) \

Definition of housing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : dwellings provided for people
2a : a niche for a sculpture
b : the space taken out of a structural member (such as a timber) to admit the insertion of part of another
3 : something that covers or protects: such as
a : a case or enclosure (as for a mechanical part or an instrument)
b : a casing (such as an enclosed bearing) in which a shaft revolves
c : a support (such as a frame) for mechanical parts


noun (2)

Definition of housing (Entry 2 of 2)

First Known Use of housing

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for housing

Noun (2)

Middle English, from house housing (from Anglo-French huce, houce, of Germanic origin) + -ing; akin to Middle High German hulft covering

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The first known use of housing was in the 14th century

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hous·​ing | \ ˈhau̇-ziŋ\

Kids Definition of housing

1 : dwellings provided for a number of people The college built new housing for its students.
2 : something that covers or protects He removed the housing to work on the engine.

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to make a temporary encampment

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