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[hous-hohl-der, -ohl-] /ˈhaʊsˌhoʊl dər, -ˌoʊl-/
a person who holds title to or occupies a house.
the head of a family.
Origin of householder
First recorded in 1350-1400, householder is from the Middle English word housholdere. See house, holder
Related forms
householdership, noun
nonhouseholder, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This speaks for itself: he must have been at least a householder and a person of consideration.


    James Anthony Froude
  • Hence we conclude that the science of the king, statesman, and householder is one and the same.

    Statesman Plato
  • You cannot bail me yourself, but you can easily get a householder to do so.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • householder writes: Please turn the Pessiphone off at the main.

  • I am trying to assert my rights, Dr. Grimstone—my rights as a citizen, as a householder!

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • “For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder,” &c.

    The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot
  • This may readily be learned by any householder who will try the experiment.

    The Bird Study Book

    Thomas Gilbert Pearson
  • Mrs. Melrose mounted her steps with the householder's secret complacency.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
  • The ten-pounder and the householder had been stages of growth.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for householder


a person who owns or rents a house
Derived Forms
householdership, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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