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[hous-meyt] /ˈhaʊsˌmeɪt/
a person with whom one shares a house or other residence.
a sexual partner with whom one shares a house or other living quarters without being married.
Origin of housemate
First recorded in 1800-10; house + mate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In this way I drifted into my position as Rossetti's housemate.

  • Miss Maitland herself had swiftly caught her housemate's perturbation.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
  • So this was the housemate who was to make them all young again with her youth and liveliness.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • He had intended to send Wolf, the friend and housemate of his victim, to Spain to become the instructor of his deceived wife.

  • But you never showed him your face; of course, had you, you could not have become his father's housemate and Judas.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • It may be for your lordship's safety to say this fashious Davie Balfour is your friend and housemate.

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dahlia lived seven years her sister's housemate, nurse of the growing swarm.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for housemate


a person who is not part of the same family, but with whom one shares a house
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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