noun, plural hous·es [hou-ziz] /ˈhaʊ zɪz/.
verb (used with object), housed [houzd] /haʊzd/, hous·ing [hou-zing] /ˈhaʊ zɪŋ/.
- to stow securely.
- to lower (an upper mast) and make secure, as alongside the lower mast.
- to heave (an anchor) home.
- to fit the end or edge of (a board or the like) into a notch, hole, or groove.
- to form (a joint) between two pieces of wood by fitting the end or edge of one into a dado of the other.
verb (used without object), housed [houzd] /haʊzd/, hous·ing [hou-zing] /ˈhaʊ zɪŋ/.
- house agent,
- house arrest,
- house brand,
- house call,
- house church
- to fill a theater with many people admitted on free passes; paper the house.
- to arrange or space the seating of patrons in such a way as to make an audience appear larger or a theater or nightclub more crowded than it actually is.
- to settle one's affairs.
- to improve one's behavior or correct one's faults: It is easy to criticize others, but it would be better to put one's own house in order first.
Origin of house
noun the House
noun (haʊs) plural houses (ˈhaʊzɪz)
- a building used as a home; dwelling
- (as modifier)house dog
- a building used for some specific purpose
- (in combination)a schoolhouse
- a commercial company; firma publishing house
- (as modifier)house style; a house journal
- any of several divisions, esp residential, of a large school
- (as modifier)house spirit
- a hotel, restaurant, bar, inn, club, etc, or the management of such an establishment
- (as modifier)house rules
- (in combination)steakhouse
- to secure or stow
- to secure (a topmast)
- to secure and stow (an anchor)
Word Origin for house
Old English hus "dwelling, shelter, house," from Proto-Germanic *husan (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian hus, Dutch huis, German Haus), of unknown origin, perhaps connected to the root of hide (v.) [OED]. In Gothic only in gudhus "temple," literally "god-house;" the usual word for "house" in Gothic being razn.
Meaning "family, including ancestors and descendants, especially if noble" is from c.1000. The legislative sense (1540s) is transferred from the building in which the body meets. Meaning "audience in a theater" is from 1660s (transferred from the theater itself, cf. playhouse); as a dance club DJ music style, probably from the Warehouse, a Chicago nightclub where the style is said to have originated. Zodiac sense is first attested late 14c. To play house is from 1871; as suggestive of "have sex, shack up," 1968. House arrest first attested 1936. On the house "free" is from 1889.
And the Prophet Isaiah the sonne of Amos came to him, and saide vnto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not liue. [2 Kings xx:1, version of 1611]
"give shelter to," Old English husian "to take into a house" (cognate with German hausen, Dutch huizen); see house (n.). Related: Housed; housing.
on the house
At the expense of the establishment, as in This hotel serves an afternoon tea that's on the house. This idiom uses house in the sense of “an inn, tavern, or other building serving the public.” [Late 1800s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with house
- house of cards
- 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