house·​hold | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌhōld How to pronounce household (audio) , ˈhau̇-ˌsōld \

Definition of household

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: those who dwell under the same roof and compose a family also : a social unit composed of those living together in the same dwelling



Definition of household (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a household : domestic cooking and other household arts
2 : familiar, common a household name

Synonyms & Antonyms for household

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of household in a Sentence

Noun At that time, not many households had telephones. a household that consists of a single mom, her two kids, and her widowed mother Adjective he spent the weekend at home, helping with household chores “ozone” is now a household word, thanks to global warming
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sunday dinner was a tradition in the Ford household, and Ford wanted to provide that for those less fortunate than he. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Nov. 2021 Another go-to food for the holidays in the Boulud household is oysters. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 23 Nov. 2021 This recipe has been a go-to in the Goe household for a few years now. Amelia Goe, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 For the landline sample, a respondent was randomly selected from all adults in the household. Fred Backus, CBS News, 19 Nov. 2021 According to the Palm Beach County Food Bank, one in six people in the county are food insecure, which means there is a lack of consistent access to food for the household. Kari Barnett,, 19 Nov. 2021 Birthdays in the Pearson household aren't exactly a non-stop party, and this one doesn't seem to be overly festive, judging by the looks on everyone's faces. Dan Snierson,, 18 Nov. 2021 Orinda Carter grew up in a blue-collar household in Northeast Portland. oregonlive, 15 Nov. 2021 Wi-Fi connection is strong enough to support their classroom streaming needs, if there are multiple students or others working remotely in the same household, that connection can be strained. Ken Lamneck, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Under the rules, everyone regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask in indoor public settings, as well as in private settings including homes when non-household members are present. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Nov. 2021 The recommendation for outdoor masks when people are unable to socially distance from non-household members is also for people 5 and up regardless of vaccination status. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 Gatherings of more than 10 people outside are not allowed, and non-household members cannot gather indoors, the government said. Julia Hollingsworth And Chandler Thornton, CNN, 28 Mar. 2021 England’s national lockdown ends on Tuesday, and prohibits meetings with more than one non-household member. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 30 Nov. 2020 North Carolinians are mandated to wear masks , even in their own homes when around non-household members. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, 23 Dec. 2020 Officials reminded participants to remain physically distanced from non-household members. Anchorage Daily News, 18 Dec. 2020 As part of a state of emergency declared on Nov. 9 in response to surging Covid-19 rates in Utah, Herbert issued both a mask mandate and a ban on inter-household gatherings that lasted for two weeks. NBC news, 20 Nov. 2020 Levine also reminded Vermonters that Gov. Phil Scott’s order banning on multi-household gatherings is still in effect. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of household


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of household

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the people in a family or other group that are living together in one house



English Language Learners Definition of household (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a house or to the people living in a house
: known to many people : familiar or common


house·​hold | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌhōld How to pronounce household (audio) \

Kids Definition of household

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: all the people in a family or group who live together in one house



Kids Definition of household (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a house or a household household chores
2 : familiar sense 1 The actor became a household name.

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