[hous-hohl-der, -ohl-]


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 formshouse·hold·er·ship, nounnon·house·hold·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for householder

owner, landlord, mortgagee, homeowner

Examples from the Web for householder

Contemporary Examples of householder

  • In America, and in most of western culture, the soldier and the householder are models of social virtue.

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    Don't Ask, Don't Tell Turncoats

    Linda Hirshman

    December 1, 2010

Historical Examples of householder

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for householder



a person who owns or rents a house
Derived Formshouseholdership, noun
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