house

noun, often attributive
\ ˈhau̇s How to pronounce house (audio) \
plural houses\ ˈhau̇-​zəz How to pronounce house (audio) also  -​səz How to pronounce house (audio) \

Essential Meaning of house

1 : a building in which a family lives Would you like to come to my house for dinner? a two-family house I spent the weekend just puttering around the house.
2 : the people who live in a house He made enough noise to wake the whole house.
3 : a structure or shelter in which animals are kept

Full Definition of house

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a building that serves as living quarters for one or a few families : home invited them to her house for dinner a two-family house
2a(1) : a shelter or refuge (such as a nest or den) of a wild animal
(2) : a natural covering (such as a test or shell) that encloses and protects an animal or a colony of zooids
b : a building in which something is sheltered or stored a carriage house
3a astrology : one of the 12 equal sectors (see sector entry 1 sense 1a) in which the celestial sphere is divided
b astrology : a sign of the zodiac that is the seat of a planet's greatest influence the house occupied by Jupiter
4a : household woke up the whole house
b : a family including ancestors, descendants, and kindred the house of Tudor
5a : a residence for a religious community or for students a fraternity house
b : the community or students living in such a residence
6a government : a legislative, deliberative, or consultative assembly especially : one constituting a division of a bicameral body a bill approved by both houses of Congress often used in capitalized form as the shortened name of a specific house The bill passed in both the House and the Senate. MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Government's Brexit Bill in the House of Commons. … The House voted in favour of the bill by 498 to 114 … — Chloe Chaplain
b : the building or chamber where such an assembly meets
c : a quorum of such an assembly
7a : a place of business or entertainment a movie house the local fish house a house of prostitution Save room for a soufflé, the century-long house specialty …— Thomas P. Farley a house cocktail [=a cocktail whose recipe was created by the bar, restaurant, etc. at which it is served]
b(1) : a business organization a publishing house
(2) : a gambling establishment
c : the audience in a theater or concert hall a full house on opening night
8 curling : the circular area 12 feet in diameter surrounding the tee and within which a curling stone must rest in order to count
9 [from The Warehouse, Chicago dance club that pioneered the style] : a type of dance music mixed by a disc jockey that features overdubbing with a heavy repetitive drumbeat and repeated electronic melody lines
on the house
: without charge : free

house

verb
\ ˈhau̇z How to pronounce house (audio) \
housed; housing

Definition of house (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to provide with living quarters or shelter a place to house their guests
b : to store in a building the barn where they house their boat
2 : to encase, enclose, or shelter as if by putting in a house (see house entry 1) so timorous a soul housed in so impressive a body— A. W. Long
3 : to serve as a shelter or container for : contain buildings that house government offices

intransitive verb

: to take shelter : lodge

House

biographical name
\ ˈhau̇s How to pronounce House (audio) \

Definition of House (Entry 3 of 3)

Edward Mandell 1858–1938 Colonel House American diplomat

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Other Words from house

Noun

houseful \ ˈhau̇s-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce House (audio) \ noun
houseless \ ˈhau̇-​sləs How to pronounce House (audio) \ adjective
houselessness noun

Examples of house in a Sentence

Noun Would you like to come to my house for dinner? I spent the weekend just puttering around the house. He made enough noise to wake the whole house. Verb More prisons are needed to house the growing number of inmates. The museum houses an impressive collection of jewels. The carpenter built casing to house the hot water pipes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The house will be for rent for September 24 and 25 for about $130 per night. CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 For Sanchez and her husband, whose house is less than 250 yards from the concrete plant, the issue comes down not to money but to dust. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 But the little house on Jonathan Street isn’t the product of a one-hour TV special. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 The house is energy-efficient as well as fire, sound, and earthquake-proof. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 15 Sep. 2021 But the little house on Jonathan Street isn’t the product of a one-hour TV special. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Their father died and the time came when their mother realized the house was too much to maintain. Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2021 The Rochester house is 60 feet tall, and its frame is made with 60 tons of steel. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 10 Sep. 2021 Buffalo Bill's house is officially open to visitors. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf pledged Monday to house 1,500 homeless residents and build 132 new units of permanent affordable housing in 16 months. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2021 Others are eager to give back: Sawyer’s organization has already recruited 50 Vietnamese families in the Worcester area willing to house Afghan evacuees upon their arrival in Massachusetts. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2021 This dresser is small enough to be tucked into a closet, yet also stylish enough to openly place in a hallway or entryway to house everything such as books and shoes. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 15 Sep. 2021 They were held largely in separate sections within existing prisons, but construction had also begun on a stand-alone detention center meant to house 3,000 inmates. New York Times, 15 Sep. 2021 The Biden administration is also using the base to house thousands of immigrant children, mostly from Central America, who have been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in record numbers on their own, without adults. Farnoush Amiri, ajc, 11 Sep. 2021 The plan was to charge Cuyahoga County communities $99 per day to house one of their inmates. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 San Antonio agreed to house the Saints for part of the season after the Category 5 hurricane ripped holes in the roof of the Superdome and caused billions of dollars of damage across the Gulf Coast. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Sep. 2021 The Tokyo Olympic Village was built to house around 11,000 athletes but holding the Olympics and Paralympics concurrently would necessitate an extra 6,500 capacity. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of house

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for house

Noun and Verb

Middle English hous, from Old English hūs; akin to Old High German hūs house

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Last Updated

21 Sep 2021

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“House.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/house. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for house

house

noun
\ ˈhau̇s How to pronounce house (audio) \
plural houses\ ˈhau̇-​zəz \

Kids Definition of house

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place built for people to live in
2 : something (as a nest or den) used by an animal for shelter
3 : a building in which something is kept a carriage house
4 : household entry 1 Her noise woke up the whole house.
5 : a body of persons assembled to make the laws for a country The United States Congress is made up of two houses.
6 : a business firm a publishing house
7 : the audience in a theater or concert hall
8 : family sense 2 the house of Windsor
on the house
: free of charge Dessert is on the house.

house

verb
\ ˈhau̇z How to pronounce house (audio) \
housed; housing

Kids Definition of house (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to provide with living quarters or shelter
2 : contain sense 2 All three movies are housed in a single set.

house

noun

Legal Definition of house

1a : a building (as a single or multiple family house, apartment, or hotel room) serving as living quarters and usually including the curtilage
b : a building (as one's residence or a locked place of business) in which one is entitled to protection (as from warrantless searches and seizures) under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
2a : a legislative assembly especially that constitutes a division of a bicameral body
b : the building or chamber where such an assembly meets
c : a quorum of such an assembly

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