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[hous-man, -muh n]
noun, plural house·men [hous-men, -muh n] /ˈhaʊsˌmɛn, -mən/.
  1. a male servant who performs general duties in a home, hotel, etc.
  2. a man employed to maintain order, as in a bar or gambling casino; bouncer.
  3. house detective.
  4. one who represents the management in a gambling house.
  5. British. a medical intern at a hospital.
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Origin of houseman

First recorded in 1790–1800; house + man1
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Examples from the Web for houseman

Historical Examples of houseman

  • HE was born in the houseman's lodge; she in the great mansion.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen

  • You are a Houseman, and you have come to spy out the secrets of Doom the Forbidden.

    The Doomsman

    Van Tassel Sutphen

  • She came, white as a ghost, leaning upon Houseman's shoulder.

  • It was opened by a houseman who stared at them uncomprehendingly.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • When she was a little calmer, he left her, and rode off to Houseman.

British Dictionary definitions for houseman


noun plural -men
  1. med a junior doctor who is a member of the medical staff of a hospitalUS and Canadian equivalent: intern
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