Nearby words

  1. houri,
  2. hourlong,
  3. hourly,
  4. hours,
  5. housatonic,
  6. house agent,
  7. house arrest,
  8. house brand,
  9. house call,
  10. house church


Origin of house

before 900; (noun) Middle English h(o)us, Old English hūs; cognate with Dutch huis, Low German huus, Old Norse hūs, German Haus, Gothic -hūs (in gudhūs temple); (v.) Middle English housen, Old English hūsian, derivative of the noun

1. domicile. House, dwelling, residence, home are terms applied to a place to live in. Dwelling is now chiefly poetic, or used in legal or technical contexts, as in a lease or in the phrase multiple dwelling. Residence is characteristic of formal usage and often implies size and elegance of structure and surroundings: the private residence of the king. These two terms and house have always had reference to the structure to be lived in. Home has recently taken on this meaning and become practically equivalent to house, the new meaning tending to crowd out the older connotations of family ties and domestic comfort. See also hotel.

Related formssub·house, nounwell-housed, adjective

Can be confusedhome house (see synonym study at the current entry)


[ hous ]
/ haʊs /


Edward Man·dell [man-dl] /ˈmæn dl/, Colonel House, 1858–1938, U.S. diplomat.
Son [suhn] /sʌn/, Eddie James House, Jr., 1902–88, U.S. blues singer and guitarist. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for house


noun (haʊs) plural houses (ˈhaʊzɪz)

verb (haʊz)

Derived Formshouseless, adjective

Word Origin for house

Old English hūs; related to Old High German hūs, Gothic gudhūs temple, Old Norse hūs house


/ (haʊs) /

noun the House

British informal the Stock Exchange
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Word Origin and History for house
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Idioms and Phrases with house


In addition to the idiom beginning with house

  • house of cards

also see:

  • boardinghouse reach
  • bring down the house
  • clean house
  • eat someone out of house and home
  • get on (like a house afire)
  • keep house
  • on the house
  • open house
  • people who live in glass houses
  • put one's house in order
  • safe as houses
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