- (noun) 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"
- (verb) provide housing for; "The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town"
- (noun) an official assembly having legislative powers; "the legislature has two houses"
- (noun) a building in which something is sheltered or located; "they had a large carriage house"
- (noun) 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"
- (noun) a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
- (noun) members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments; "he worked for a brokerage house"
- (noun) aristocratic family line; "the House of York"
- (noun) the members of a religious community living together;
- (noun) the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema "the house applauded"; "he counted the house"
- (noun) play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults "the children were playing house"
- (noun) (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
- (noun) the management of a gambling house or casino "the house gets a percentage of every bet"
- (n.) 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.
- (n.) Household affairs; domestic concerns; particularly in the
phrase to keep house. See below.
- (n.) Those who dwell in the same house; a household.
- (n.) 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.
- (n.) 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,
- (n.) A firm, or commercial establishment.
- (n.) A public house; an inn; a hotel.
- (n.) 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.
- (n.) A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a
- (n.) An audience; an assembly of hearers, as at a lecture, a
theater, etc.; as, a thin or a full house.
- (n.) The body, as the habitation of the soul.
- (n.) The grave.
- (v. t.) 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.
- (v. t.) To drive to a shelter.
- (v. t.) To admit to residence; to harbor.
- (v. t.) To deposit and cover, as in the grave.
- (v. t.) To stow in a safe place; to take down and make safe; as,
to house the upper spars.
- (v. i.) To take shelter or lodging; to abide to dwell; to lodge.
- (v. i.) To have a position in one of the houses. See House, n.,
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