(noun.) play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults; 'the children were playing house'.

(noun.) a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families; 'he has a house on Cape Cod'; 'she felt she had to get out of the house'.

(noun.) a building in which something is sheltered or located; 'they had a large carriage house'.

(noun.) aristocratic family line; 'the House of York'.

(noun.) an official assembly having legislative powers; 'a bicameral legislature has two houses'.

(noun.) the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema; 'the house applauded'; 'he counted the house'.

(noun.) the members of a religious community living together.

(noun.) the management of a gambling house or casino; 'the house gets a percentage of every bet'.

(verb.) provide housing for; 'The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town'.

(verb.) contain or cover; 'This box houses the gears'.

Editor: Sidney--From WordNet


(n.) A structure intended or used as a habitation or shelter for animals of any kind; but especially, a building or edifice for the habitation of man; a dwelling place, a mansion.

(n.) Household affairs; domestic concerns; particularly in the phrase to keep house. See below.

(n.) Those who dwell in the same house; a household.

(n.) A family of ancestors, descendants, and kindred; a race of persons from the same stock; a tribe; especially, a noble family or an illustrious race; as, the house of Austria; the house of Hanover; the house of Israel.

(n.) One of the estates of a kingdom or other government assembled in parliament or legislature; a body of men united in a legislative capacity; as, the House of Lords; the House of Commons; the House of Representatives; also, a quorum of such a body. See Congress, and Parliament.

(n.) A firm, or commercial establishment.

(n.) A public house; an inn; a hotel.

(n.) A twelfth part of the heavens, as divided by six circles intersecting at the north and south points of the horizon, used by astrologers in noting the positions of the heavenly bodies, and casting horoscopes or nativities. The houses were regarded as fixed in respect to the horizon, and numbered from the one at the eastern horizon, called the ascendant, first house, or house of life, downward, or in the direction of the earth's revolution, the stars and planets passing through them in the reverse order every twenty-four hours.

(n.) A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a piece.

(n.) An audience; an assembly of hearers, as at a lecture, a theater, etc.; as, a thin or a full house.

(n.) The body, as the habitation of the soul.

(n.) The grave.

(v. t.) To take or put into a house; to shelter under a roof; to cover from the inclemencies of the weather; to protect by covering; as, to house one's family in a comfortable home; to house farming utensils; to house cattle.

(v. t.) To drive to a shelter.

(v. t.) To admit to residence; to harbor.

(v. t.) To deposit and cover, as in the grave.

(v. t.) To stow in a safe place; to take down and make safe; as, to house the upper spars.

(v. i.) To take shelter or lodging; to abide to dwell; to lodge.

(v. i.) To have a position in one of the houses. See House, n., 8.

Edited by Aaron

Synonyms and Synonymous

n. [1]. Habitation, abode, dwelling, mansion, residence, domicile, dwelling-place.[2]. Building, edifice.[3]. Family, household.[4]. Lineage, race, kindred, tribe.[5]. Legislative body.[6]. Firm, partnership, company, concern, commercial establishment.[7]. Hotel, inn, tavern, place of entertainment, public house.

v. a. Shelter, protect, put under cover (of a roof).

v. n. Abide, dwell, reside, lodge.

Editor: Madge


n. a building for dwelling in: a dwelling-place: an inn: household affairs: a family: kindred: a trading establishment: one of the twelve divisions of the heavens in astrology: one of the estates of the legislature (House of Lords or Upper House House of Commons or Lower House; also Upper and Lower Houses of Convocation House of Representatives &c.): at Oxford 'The House ' Christ Church College: the audience at a place of entertainment a theatre &c. (a full house a thin house): (coll.) the workhouse:—pl. Houses (howz′ez).—v.t. House (howz) to protect by covering: to shelter: to store: to provide houses for.—v.i. to take shelter: to reside.—ns. House′-ā′gent one who has the letting of houses; House′-boat a barge with a deck-cabin that may serve as a dwelling-place; House′-bote wood that a tenant may take to repair his house or for fuel; House′-break′er one who breaks open and enters a house by day for the purpose of stealing; House′-break′ing; House′-carl a member of a king or noble's bodyguard in Danish and early English history; House′-dū′ty -tax a tax laid on inhabited houses; House′-fac′tor (Scot.) a house-agent; House′-fa′ther the male head of a household or community; House′-flag the distinguishing flag of a shipowner or company of such; House′-fly the common fly universally distributed; House′hold those who are held together in the same house and compose a family.—adj. pertaining to the house and family.—ns. House′holder the holder or tenant of a house; House′keeper a female servant who keeps or has the chief care of the house: one who stays much at home; House′keeping the keeping or management of a house or of domestic affairs: hospitality.—adj. domestic.—n. House′-leek a plant with red star-like flowers and succulent leaves that grows on the roofs of houses.—adj. House′less without a house or home: having no shelter.—ns. House′-line (naut.) a small line of three strands for seizings &c.; House′maid a maid employed to keep a house clean &c.; House′-mate one sharing a house with another; House′-moth′er the mother of a family the female head of a family; House′-room room or place in a house; House′-stew′ard a steward who manages the household affairs of a great family; House′-sur′geon the surgeon or medical officer in a hospital who resides in the house—so also House′-physi′cian; House′-warm′ing an entertainment given when a family enters a new house as if to warm it; Housewife (hows′wīf huz′wif or huz′if) the mistress of a house: a female domestic manager: a small case for articles of female work.—adj. House′wifely.—n. House′wifery—(Scot.) House′wifeskep.—House of call a house where the journeymen of a particular trade call when out of work; House of correction a jail; House of God prayer or worship a place of worship; House of ill fame a bawdy-house.—A household word a familiar saying; Bring down the house to evoke very loud applause in a place of entertainment; Cry from the house-top to announce in the most public manner possible; Household gods one's favourite domestic things—a playful use of the Roman penates (q.v.); Household suffrage or franchise the right of householders to vote for members of parliament; Household troops six regiments whose peculiar duty is to attend the sovereign and defend the metropolis; Housemaid's knee an inflammation of the sac between the knee-pan and the skin to which housemaids are specially liable through kneeling on damp floors.—Inner House the higher branch of the Scotch Court of Session its jurisdiction chiefly appellate; Outer House the lower branch of the Court of Session.—Keep a good house to keep up a plentifully supplied table; Keep house to maintain or manage an establishment; Keep open house to give entertainments to all comers; Keep the house to be confined to the house; Like a house afire with astonishing rapidity; The Household the royal domestic establishment.

Typist: Xavier

Unserious Contents or Definition

To dream of a boarding house, foretells that you will suffer entanglement and disorder in your enterprises, and you are likely to change your residence.

To see a glass house, foretells you are likely to be injured by listening to flattery. For a young woman to dream that she is living in a glass house, her coming trouble and threatened loss of reputation is emphasized.

To dream of building a house, you will make wise changes in your present affairs. To dream that you own an elegant house, denotes that you will soon leave your home for a better, and fortune will be kind to you. Old and dilapidated houses, denote failure in business or any effort, and declining health. See Building.

To see a poor-house in your dream, denotes you have unfaithful friends, who will care for you only as they can use your money and belongings.

Editor: Louise

Unserious Contents or Definition

n. A hollow edifice erected for the habitation of man rat mouse beetle cockroach fly mosquito flea bacillus and microbe. House of Correction a place of reward for political and personal service and for the detention of offenders and appropriations. House of God a building with a steeple and a mortgage on it. House-dog a pestilent beast kept on domestic premises to insult persons passing by and appal the hardy visitor. House-maid a youngerly person of the opposing sex employed to be variously disagreeable and ingeniously unclean in the station in which it has pleased God to place her.

Typist: Oliver


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