[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. housedress,
  2. housefather,
  3. housefly,
  4. houseful,
  5. houseguest,
  6. household ammonia,
  7. household art,
  8. household cavalry,
  9. household effects,
  10. household god

Origin of household

First recorded in 1350–1400, household is from the Middle English word houshold. See house, hold1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for household


/ (ˈhaʊsˌhəʊld) /


the people living together in one house collectively
(modifier) of, relating to, or used in the running of a household; domestichousehold 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