Definition of


  1. (noun, act) play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults
  2. (noun, artifact) a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
    she felt she had to get out of the house
  3. (noun, artifact) a building in which something is sheltered or located
  4. (noun, artifact) a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
  5. (noun, group) aristocratic family line
  6. (noun, group) the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
  7. (noun, group) a social unit living together
    It was a good Christian household
    I waited until the whole house was asleep
    the teacher asked how many people made up his home
  8. (noun, group) an official assembly having legislative powers
  9. (noun, group) the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema
    he counted the house
  10. (noun, group) the members of a religious community living together
  11. (noun, group) the management of a gambling house or casino
  12. (noun, location) (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
  13. (verb, social) provide housing for
  14. (verb, stative) contain or cover

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Alternate forms of House

Derivations: house, housing

Hyponyms: accommodate, accounting firm, adobe house, arena theater, auction house, bagnio, bathhouse, beach house, boarding house, boardinghouse, british house of commons, british house of lords, broken home, bungalow, cabin, chalet, chamber, chapterhouse, cinema, conjugal family, consulting company, consulting firm, corp, corporation, cottage, country house, courthouse, dail, dail eireann, dealer, detached house, dinner theater, dinner theatre, doll's house, dollhouse, duplex, duplex house, extended family, farmhouse, field house, foster family, foster home, frat house, fraternity house, gatehouse, guesthouse, hacienda, hall, home, home theater, home theatre, house of burgesses, house of commons, house of lords, house of representatives, hunting lodge, icehouse, law firm, little theater, little theatre, lodge, lodging house, maisonette, maisonnette, manse, mansion, mansion house, meat house, medici, menage a trois, movie house, movie theater, movie theatre, music hall, nuclear family, oast house, opera, opera house, picture palace, publisher, publishing company, publishing firm, publishing house, pump house, pumping station, ranch house, rehouse, residence, rooming house, row house, royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty, safe house, saltbox, seanad, seanad eireann, semidetached house, single dwelling, smokehouse, sod house, soddy, solar house, sports arena, stash house, take in, theater in the round, town house, tract house, u.s. house, u.s. house of representatives, united states house of representatives, us house, us house of representatives, vaudeville theater, vaudeville theatre, villa

Hypernyms: abode, accommodate, admit, audience, building, business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, child's play, community, concern, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, edifice, family, family line, folk, general assembly, habitation, hold, home, kinfolk, kinsfolk, law-makers, legislative assembly, legislative body, legislature, management, part, phratry, play, region, sept, shelter, social unit, unit

Origin of the word House

  1. O.E. hus "dwelling, shelter, house," from P.Gmc. *khusan (cf. O.N., O.Fris. hus, Du. huis, Ger. Haus), of unknown origin, perhaps connected to the root of hide (v.). In Goth. only in gudhus "temple," lit. "god-house;" the usual word for "house" in Goth. being razn. Meaning "family, including ancestors and descendants, especially … more

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