What does House mean?

Definitions for House
haʊs; haʊz; ˈhaʊ zɪzhouse

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word House.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. housenoun

    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families

    "he has a house on Cape Cod"; "she felt she had to get out of the house"

  2. firm, house, business firmnoun

    the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments

    "he worked for a brokerage house"

  3. housenoun

    the members of a religious community living together

  4. housenoun

    the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema

    "the house applauded"; "he counted the house"

  5. housenoun

    an official assembly having legislative powers

    "a bicameral legislature has two houses"

  6. housenoun

    aristocratic family line

    "the House of York"

  7. housenoun

    play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults

    "the children were playing house"

  8. sign of the zodiac, star sign, sign, mansion, house, planetary housenoun

    (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided

  9. housenoun

    the management of a gambling house or casino

    "the house gets a percentage of every bet"

  10. family, household, house, home, menagenoun

    a social unit living together

    "he moved his family to Virginia"; "It was a good Christian household"; "I waited until the whole house was asleep"; "the teacher asked how many people made up his home"

  11. theater, theatre, housenoun

    a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented

    "the house was full"

  12. houseverb

    a building in which something is sheltered or located

    "they had a large carriage house"

  13. houseverb

    contain or cover

    "This box houses the gears"

  14. house, put up, domiciliateverb

    provide housing for

    "The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town"


  1. housenoun

    A structure serving as an abode of human beings.

    This is my house and my family's ancestral home.

  2. housenoun

    The mode of living as if in a house.

    They set up house in a posh apartment.

  3. housenoun

    The usual place to find an object or an animal.

    The photo was put in its little house.

  4. housenoun

    A structure to protect or store something or someone.

    The former carriage house had been made over into a guest house.

  5. housenoun

    A protective structure on the deck of a ship.

    A pilot took charge of the wheel house until the ship was moored.

  6. housenoun

    A theatre building, or the audience for a live theatrical or similar performance.

  7. housenoun

    A deliberative assembly forming a component of a legislature, or, more rarely, the room or building in which such an assembly normally meets.

  8. housenoun

    An establishment, whether actual, as a pub, or virtual, as a website.

  9. housenoun

    A company or organisation.

    A small publishing house would have a contract with an independent fulfillment house.

  10. houseverb

    To keep within a structure or container.

    The car is housed in the garage.

  11. houseverb

    To admit to residence; to harbor/harbour.

  12. houseverb

    To dwell within one of the twelve astrological houses.

  13. houseverb

    To contain or cover mechanical parts.

  14. housenoun

    A dynasty, a familial descendance, for example, a royal House.

    The current Queen is from the House of Windsor.

  15. housenoun

    One of the twelve divisions of an astrological chart.

  16. housenoun

    A grouping of schoolchildren for the purposes of competition in sports and other activities.

    I was a member of Spenser house when I was at school.

  17. housenoun

    House music.

  18. housenoun

    The three concentric circles where points are scored on the ice

  19. housenoun

    An early or alternative name for the game bingo.

  20. housenoun

    A complete set of numbers in bingo.

  21. housenoun

    An aggregate of characteristics of a house.

  22. housenoun

    A children's game in which the players pretend to be members of a household.

    As the babysitter, Emma always acted as the mother whenever the kids demanded to play house.

  23. Housenoun

    The House of Representatives, "the House".

  24. Housenoun

    More generally, a shortened name for any chamber of a legislature that is named "House of...", especially where the other chamber(s) are not so named (as in Australia or Canada), or where there is no other chamber (as in New Zealand).

  25. Housenoun

    for someone residing in a house (as opposed to a hut) or in a religious house.

  26. Etymology: From hous, hus, from hus, from hūsan (compare huis, Huus, Haus), possibly from (s)keus-, from *(s)keu- 'to hide'. More at hose.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HOUSEnoun

    Etymology: hus, Saxon; huys, Dutch; huse, Scottish.

    Sparrows must not build in his house eaves. William Shakespeare.

    Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had. Francis Bacon, Essay 46.

    In a house the doors are moveable, and the rooms square; yet the house is neither moveable nor square. Isaac Watts.

    The bees with smoke, the doves with noisome stench,
    Are from their hives and houses driven away. William Shakespeare.

    Theodosius arrived at a religious house in the city, where now Constantia resided. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    He kept a miserable house, but the blame was laid wholly upon madam. Jonathan Swift.

    Pure spiritual substances we cannot converse with, therefore have need of means of communication, which some make to be the celestial houses: those who are for the celestial houses worship the planets, as the habitations of intellectual substances that animate them. Edward Stillingfleet.

    The red rose and the white are on his face,
    The fatal colours of our striving houses. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    An ignominious ransom and free pardon
    Are of two houses; lawful mercy sure
    Is nothing kin to foul redemption. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Measure.

    By delaying my last fine, upon your grace’s accession to the patrimonies of your house, I may seem to have made a forfeiture. John Dryden, Fables, Dedication.

    A poet is not born in ev’ry race;
    Two of a house few ages can afford,
    One to perform, another to record. John Dryden, Fables.

    Nor were the crimes objected against him so clear, as to give convincing satisfaction to the major part of both houses, especially that of the lords. Charles I .

  2. To Houseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Palladius wished him to house all the Helots, and make themselves masters of the gates. Philip Sidney.

    Upon the North-sea a valley houseth a gentleman, who hath worn out his former name. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    Slander lives upon succession,
    For ever housed where it gets possession. William Shakespeare.

    Mere cottagers are but housed beggars. Francis Bacon.

    Oh, can your counsel his despair defer,
    Who now is housed in his sepulchre? George Sandys.

    We find them housing themselves under ground in dens. Robert South, Sermons.

    In expectation of such times as these,
    A chapel hous’d ’em, truly call’d of ease. Dryden.

    As we house hot country plants to save them, so we may house our own to forward them. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    House your choicest carnations, or rather set them under a pent-house, to preserve them in extremity of weather. John Evelyn.

    Wit in northern climates will not blow,
    Except, like orange-trees, ’tis hous’d from snow. Dryden.

  3. To Houseverb

    Ne suffer it to house there half a day. Hubberd’s Tale.

    Graze where you will, you shall not house with me. William Shakespeare.

    Summers three times eight, save one,
    She had told; alas, too soon,
    After so short time of breath,
    To house with darkness and with death. John Milton.

    In fear of this, observe the starry signs
    Where Saturn houses, and where Hermes joins. Dryden.

    I housing in the lion’s hateful sign,
    Bought senates and deserting troops are mine. Dryden.


  1. House

    A house is a building that functions as a home. They can range from simple dwellings such as rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes and the improvised shacks in shantytowns to complex, fixed structures of wood, brick, concrete or other materials containing plumbing, ventilation, and electrical systems. Houses use a range of different roofing systems to keep precipitation such as rain from getting into the dwelling space. Houses may have doors or locks to secure the dwelling space and protect its inhabitants and contents from burglars or other trespassers. Most conventional modern houses in Western cultures will contain one or more bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen or cooking area, and a living room. A house may have a separate dining room, or the eating area may be integrated into another room. Some large houses in North America have a recreation room. In traditional agriculture-oriented societies, domestic animals such as chickens or larger livestock (like cattle) may share part of the house with humans. The social unit that lives in a house is known as a household. Most commonly, a household is a family unit of some kind, although households may also be other social groups, such as roommates or, in a rooming house, unconnected individuals. Some houses only have a dwelling space for one family or similar-sized group; larger houses called townhouses or row houses may contain numerous family dwellings in the same structure. A house may be accompanied by outbuildings, such as a garage for vehicles or a shed for gardening equipment and tools. A house may have a backyard or frontyard, which serve as additional areas where inhabitants can relax or eat.


  1. house

    A house is a permanent or semi-permanent structure that serves as a dwelling or home for individuals or families. It typically includes various rooms for different functions such as living, sleeping, and dining, along with facilities like bathrooms and kitchens. Houses can be made of various materials such as wood, concrete, or brick and can range in size and style depending on cultural, regional, and personal preferences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Housenoun

    a structure intended or used as a habitation or shelter for animals of any kind; but especially, a building or edifice for the habitation of man; a dwelling place, a mansion

  2. Housenoun

    household affairs; domestic concerns; particularly in the phrase to keep house. See below

  3. Housenoun

    those who dwell in the same house; a household

  4. Housenoun

    a family of ancestors, descendants, and kindred; a race of persons from the same stock; a tribe; especially, a noble family or an illustrious race; as, the house of Austria; the house of Hanover; the house of Israel

  5. Housenoun

    one of the estates of a kingdom or other government assembled in parliament or legislature; a body of men united in a legislative capacity; as, the House of Lords; the House of Commons; the House of Representatives; also, a quorum of such a body. See Congress, and Parliament

  6. Housenoun

    a firm, or commercial establishment

  7. Housenoun

    a public house; an inn; a hotel

  8. Housenoun

    a twelfth part of the heavens, as divided by six circles intersecting at the north and south points of the horizon, used by astrologers in noting the positions of the heavenly bodies, and casting horoscopes or nativities. The houses were regarded as fixed in respect to the horizon, and numbered from the one at the eastern horizon, called the ascendant, first house, or house of life, downward, or in the direction of the earth's revolution, the stars and planets passing through them in the reverse order every twenty-four hours

  9. Housenoun

    a square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a piece

  10. Housenoun

    an audience; an assembly of hearers, as at a lecture, a theater, etc.; as, a thin or a full house

  11. Housenoun

    the body, as the habitation of the soul

  12. Housenoun

    the grave

  13. Houseverb

    to take or put into a house; to shelter under a roof; to cover from the inclemencies of the weather; to protect by covering; as, to house one's family in a comfortable home; to house farming utensils; to house cattle

  14. Houseverb

    to drive to a shelter

  15. Houseverb

    to admit to residence; to harbor

  16. Houseverb

    to deposit and cover, as in the grave

  17. Houseverb

    to stow in a safe place; to take down and make safe; as, to house the upper spars

  18. Houseverb

    to take shelter or lodging; to abide to dwell; to lodge

  19. Houseverb

    to have a position in one of the houses. See House, n., 8

  20. Etymology: [AS. hsian.]


  1. House

    A house is a home, building, or structure that functions as a habitat for humans or other creatures. The term house includes many kinds of dwellings ranging from rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes to complex structures composed of many systems. English-speaking people generally call any building they routinely occupy "home". The social unit that lives in a house is known as a household. Most commonly, a household is a family unit of some kind, though households may be other social groups, organizations, or individuals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. House

    hows, n. a building for dwelling in: a dwelling-place: an inn: household affairs: a family: kindred: a trading establishment: one of the twelve divisions of the heavens in astrology: one of the estates of the legislature (House of Lords or Upper House, House of Commons or Lower House; also Upper and Lower Houses of Convocation, House of Representatives, &c.): at Oxford, 'The House,' Christ Church College: the audience at a place of entertainment, a theatre, &c. (a full house, a thin house): (coll.) the workhouse:—pl. Houses (howz′ez).v.t. House (howz), to protect by covering: to shelter: to store: to provide houses for.—v.i. to take shelter: to reside.—ns. House′-ā′gent, one who has the letting of houses; House′-boat, a barge with a deck-cabin that may serve as a dwelling-place; House′-bote, wood that a tenant may take to repair his house, or for fuel; House′-break′er, one who breaks open and enters a house by day for the purpose of stealing; House′-break′ing; House′-carl, a member of a king or noble's bodyguard, in Danish and early English history; House′-dū′ty, -tax, a tax laid on inhabited houses; House′-fac′tor (Scot.), a house-agent; House′-fa′ther, the male head of a household or community; House′-flag, the distinguishing flag of a shipowner or company of such; House′-fly, the common fly universally distributed; House′hold, those who are held together in the same house, and compose a family.—adj. pertaining to the house and family.—ns. House′holder, the holder or tenant of a house; House′keeper, a female servant who keeps or has the chief care of the house: one who stays much at home; House′keeping, the keeping or management of a house or of domestic affairs: hospitality.—adj. domestic.—n. House′-leek, a plant with red star-like flowers and succulent leaves that grows on the roofs of houses.—adj. House′less, without a house or home: having no shelter.—ns. House′-line (naut.), a small line of three strands, for seizings, &c.; House′maid, a maid employed to keep a house clean, &c.; House′-mate, one sharing a house with another; House′-moth′er, the mother of a family, the female head of a family; House′-room, room or place in a house; House′-stew′ard, a steward who manages the household affairs of a great family; House′-sur′geon, the surgeon or medical officer in a hospital who resides in the house—so also House′-physi′cian; House′-warm′ing, an entertainment given when a family enters a new house, as if to warm it; Housewife (hows′wīf, huz′wif, or huz′if), the mistress of a house: a female domestic manager: a small case for articles of female work.—adj. House′wifely.—n. House′wifery—(Scot.) House′wifeskep.—House of call, a house where the journeymen of a particular trade call when out of work; House of correction, a jail; House of God, prayer, or worship, a place of worship; House of ill fame, a bawdy-house.—A household word, a familiar saying; Bring down the house, to evoke very loud applause in a place of entertainment; Cry from the house-top, to announce in the most public manner possible; Household gods, one's favourite domestic things—a playful use of the Roman penates (q.v.); Household suffrage, or franchise, the right of householders to vote for members of parliament; Household troops, six regiments whose peculiar duty is to attend the sovereign and defend the metropolis; Housemaid's knee, an inflammation of the sac between the knee-pan and the skin, to which housemaids are specially liable through kneeling on damp floors.—Inner House, the higher branch of the Scotch Court of Session, its jurisdiction chiefly appellate; Outer House, the lower branch of the Court of Session.—Keep a good house, to keep up a plentifully supplied table; Keep house, to maintain or manage an establishment; Keep open house, to give entertainments to all comers; Keep the house, to be confined to the house; Like a house afire, with astonishing rapidity; The Household, the royal domestic establishment. [A.S. hús; Goth. hus, Ger. haus.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. house

    1. A building with four walls and a roof. 2. A rendezvous for burglars. 3. A dormitory for servants. 4. The Mecca of bedbugs. (The difference between a house and a home is this: A house may fall down, but a home is broken up.)

Editors Contribution

  1. house

    A type of building and structure created and designed in various colors, materials, systems, shapes, sizes and styles.

    A house is a real blessing and to live in one is respected.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 23, 2020  

  2. house

    A type of structure created and designed in various colors, materials, systems, shapes, sizes and styles.

    A house is a real blessing and to live in one is respected.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 23, 2020  

  3. housenoun

    A woman in vice to call for attention in expressing admiration and representation with us as himself or herself in a particular way. 0.) The head of a righteous man. 1.) A building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people.

    I choose to build my house on every word as the most high did through Messiah. We are Saints that dwell with Christ in the house of the Most High whom is Elyon.

    Etymology: Temple

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on February 10, 2024  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HOUSE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, House is ranked #844 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The House surname appeared 41,000 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 14 would have the surname House.

    75.1% or 30,791 total occurrences were White.
    18.7% or 7,667 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 923 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2% or 841 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 603 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 172 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'House' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #159

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'House' in Written Corpus Frequency: #240

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'House' in Nouns Frequency: #20

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'House' in Verbs Frequency: #410

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of House in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of House in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of House in a Sentence

  1. Sadie Robertson:

    We’ve seen Honey a few times, especially Lisa, she's such a baby nut, so every opportunity she has to make a lasagna or take something to their house, she's over there so she can hug all on our little wonder woman.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    The hypocrisy, the self-serving nature of the president's statements and his Republican allies here in the House and Senate is glaring.

  3. Neighbor Brian Atkinson:

    They were calling his name and telling him to come out. That they had the house surrounded and they weren't going to hurt him, they told him they weren't going to go away.

  4. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen:

    We're talking about a matter, the census, in which the Supreme Court has already ruled, and we have moved on. So, the House has not identified some compelling legislative need for this. To the contrary this makes no sense at all.

  5. Richard Sorter:

    Phyllis Sorter was taken in front of her house by three guys with machine guns, phyllis Sorter is one of the most God-fearing people in the world and all she wants is for everybody to have a good life and to be happy — and equality.

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