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household

[hous-hohld, -ohld]
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noun
  1. the people of a house collectively; a family including its servants.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a household: household furniture.
  2. for use in maintaining a home, especially for use in cooking, cleaning, laundering, repairing, etc., in the home: a household bleach.
  3. common or usual; ordinary.
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Origin of household

First recorded in 1350–1400, household is from the Middle English word houshold. See house, hold1
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Related Words for household

ordinary, everyday, home, family, house, plain, folks, homely, homey, domiciliary, menage

Examples from the Web for household

Contemporary Examples of household

Historical Examples of household

  • "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

household

noun
  1. the people living together in one house collectively
  2. (modifier) of, relating to, or used in the running of a household; domestichousehold management
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Word Origin and History for household

n.

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.

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