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[hous-hohld, -ohld] /ˈhaʊsˌhoʊld, -ˌoʊld/
the people of a house collectively; a family including its servants.
of or relating to a household:
household furniture.
for use in maintaining a home, especially for use in cooking, cleaning, laundering, repairing, etc., in the home:
a household bleach.
common or usual; ordinary.
Origin of household
First recorded in 1350-1400, household is from the Middle English word houshold. See house, hold1 Unabridged
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  • "You have as yet given us no tidings of Phidias and his household," said Philothea.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • She awoke Milza, and desired that the household might be summoned.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • He knew no such person in the household, and did not think there ever had been such.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The only member of that household I could marry is not suited to my age.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He married Aldonza at Michaelmas, and all went well and peacefully in the household.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for household


the people living together in one house collectively
(modifier) of, relating to, or used in the running of a household; domestic: household management
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Word Origin and History for household

late 14c., "members of a family collectively (including servants)," also "furniture and articles belonging to a house," from house (n.) + hold (n.1). Related: Householder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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