home·​less ˈhōm-ləs How to pronounce homeless (audio)
: having no home or permanent place of residence
homelessness noun

Examples of homeless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 100 people are homeless downtown and the adjacent area, according to Milwaukee County. Gina Lee Castro, Journal Sentinel, 13 July 2024 In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Grants Pass, Bass is worried that neighboring communities will shoo their homeless residents into Los Angeles. Rebecca Ellis, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2024 Though officials did not directly say people in the building were homeless, members of the city's Homeless Services Division were on site during the evacuation. Eleanor McCrary, The Courier-Journal, 12 July 2024 Will hospital emergency rooms be further strained if communities respond by using involuntary hospitalization to remove mentally ill homeless individuals from streets? Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for homeless 

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of homeless was before the 12th century

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“Homeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeless. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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home·​less -ləs How to pronounce homeless (audio)
: having no home or permanent residence
homelessness noun

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