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[hohm-lis] /ˈhoʊm lɪs/
without a home:
a homeless child.
noun, (used with a plural verb)
the homeless, persons who lack permanent housing.
Origin of homeless
First recorded in 1605-15
Related forms
homelessly, adverb
homelessness, noun Unabridged
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  • Set in a paradox it would read: The abolition of property will free the people from homelessness and non-possession.

  • But even in the groups where there was no hustle there was often something of homelessness.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • At least, you are not pained with sympathy for homelessness in the case of a man so richly endowed.

    Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
  • “Only my frail life between my children and homelessness,” he had said.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • And the penalty of her refusal was not merely poverty and homelessness.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for homelessness


  1. having nowhere to live
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the homeless
Derived Forms
homelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for homelessness

1814, from homeless + -ness.



1610s, from home (n.) + -less. Old English had hamleas, but the modern word probably is a new formation. As a noun meaning "homeless persons," by 1857.

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