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.


  1. Household

    A household consists of two or more persons who live in the same dwelling. It may be of a single family or another type of person group. The household is the basic unit of analysis in many social, microeconomic and government models, and is important to economics and inheritance.Household models include families, blended families, shared housing, group homes, boarding houses, houses of multiple occupancy (UK), and single room occupancy (US). In feudal societies, the royal household and medieval households of the wealthy included servants and other retainers.


  1. household

    A household can be defined as a group of individuals who live together under one roof and share common living expenses and responsibilities in order to meet their basic needs. This includes activities such as cooking, cleaning, and managing finances together. Households can be composed of various types of relationships, such as families, roommates, or individuals living alone. The members of a household often form a social unit and may rely on each other for emotional support and assistance in daily life.

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. Jen Psaki:

    On Wednesday, in coordination with senior leadership at the White House and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel on the foreign trip with the President due to a family emergency, which was members of my household testing positive for COVID-19, since then, I have quarantined and tested negative( via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. However, today, I tested positive for COVID.

  2. Cristian Maggio:

    In Hungary they introduced a scheme to convert household liabilities and banks presumedly hedged their positions at the end of last year, while on the case of Poland we do not know of any such intervention to reduce the imbalance.

  3. Ryan Bushell:

    The trend for TV revenues per household is down, the question will be how much and how fast they can make it up on the Internet side.

  4. Chensheng Lu:

    When you apply pesticides so close to where kids are and they spend so much time in the household, I ’d really be concerned about their exposure.

  5. Constance Houck:

    This study reinforces the concerns that having more opioid medications in a household may put other family members at risk, the take home message from this study is that opioids should be used sparingly for the treatment of pain and whenever possible combined with other medications such as NSAIDs and physical modalities such as ice or heat to reduce the amount needed.

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