What does household mean?

Definitions for household
ˈhaʊsˌhoʊld, -ˌoʊldhouse·hold

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"


  1. householdnoun

    Collectively, all the persons who live in a given house; a family including attendants, servants etc.; a domestic or family establishment.

  2. householdadjective

    Belonging to the same house and family.

  3. householdadjective

    Of anything found in or having its origin in a home.

  4. Etymology: From houshold, equivalent to. Cognate with huishouden, Haushalt, hushåll, husholdning.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Householdnoun

    Etymology: house and hold.

    Two housholds, both alike in dignity,
    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
    From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
    Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. William Shakespeare.

    A little kingdom is a great houshold, and a great houshold a little kingdom. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    Of God observ’d
    The one just man alive, by his command,
    Shall build a wond’rous ark, as thou beheld’st,
    To save himself and houshold from amidst
    A world devote to universal wreck. John Milton, Parad. Lost, b. xi.

    He has always taken to himself, amongst the sons of men, a peculiar houshold of his love, which at all times he has cherished as a father, and governed as a master: this is the proper houshold of faith; in the first ages of the world, ’twas sometimes literally no more than a single houshold, or some few families. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    Great crimes must be with greater crimes repaid,
    And second funerals on the former laid;
    Let the whole houshold in one ruin fall,
    And may Diana’s curse o’ertake us all. John Dryden, Fables.

    Learning’s little houshold did embark,
    With her world’s fruitful system in her sacred ark. Jonathan Swift.

    In his own church he keeps a seat,
    Says grace before and after meat;
    And calls, without affecting airs,
    His houshold twice a day to prayers. Jonathan Swift.

    An inventory, thus importing
    The several parcels of his plate, his treasure,
    Rich stuffs, and ornaments of houshold. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.

    Cornelius called two of his houshold servants. Acts x. 7.

    For nothing lovelier can be found
    In woman, than to study houshold good;
    And good works in her husband to promote. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    It would be endless to enumerate the oaths and blasphemies among the men, among the women the neglect of houshold affairs. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Householdnoun

    those who dwell under the same roof and compose a family

  2. Householdnoun

    a line of ancestory; a race or house

  3. Householdadjective

    belonging to the house and family; domestic; as, household furniture; household affairs


  1. Household

    The household is "the basic residential unit in which economic production, consumption, inheritance, child rearing, and shelter are organized and carried out"; [the household] "may or may not be synonymous with family". The household is the basic unit of analysis in many social, microeconomic and government models. The term refers to all individuals who live in the same dwelling. In economics, a household is a person or a group of people living in the same residence. Most economic models do not address whether the members of a household are a family in the traditional sense. Government and policy discussions often treat the terms household and family as synonymous, especially in western societies where the nuclear family has become the most common family structure. In reality, there is not always a one-to-one relationship between households and families.

Editors Contribution

  1. household

    The person or group of people who live at a house or property.

    The household expenses were covered by a collective contribution.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'household' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2588

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'household' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3703

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'household' in Nouns Frequency: #813

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of household in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of household in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of household in a Sentence

  1. Veronica Hinton:

    Given that multiple factors seem to contribute to falling in the lower 5 percent on school readiness measures - including living in an impoverished household, primary language other than English, lower maternal education, and black maternal race, as well as late preterm( birth) - it is reasonable to believe that the reasons why some late preterm children are at risk are multi-factorial.

  2. Daniel Tierney:

    The Governor is not in an official quarantine but is limiting The Governor interactions with persons outside The Governor household, just as The Governor has the last five months.

  3. Morena Vasquez:

    I was going ... to see if you could give me a bond, because I have six children and I am the head of my household.

  4. Richard Walker:

    We understand there are budget cuts and budgets that have to be met, we understand that because we run a household, but we dont want to put at risk the rest of the community.

  5. Jonathan Kulmisha:

    In more settled communities it is usually boys who are sent to school, girls are given the responsibility of household chores and livestock herding.

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