house

A house is a building where you might live alone or it could be a multi-family house that you share with other families. If you live in an apartment building, that's "home," but it's not a house.

You can also use house to refer to groups of people. The House of Tudor is an English royal family. Governing bodies can be houses: the Houses of Parliament, in Britain, or the House of Representatives, in the US. In a theater, the house is the audience. When house is a verb, meaning to provide a house for, as in “where are you going to house all your guests?” — it’s pronounced with a -z-, rather than an -s-.

Primary Meanings of house

1.
nv
a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
provide housing for
2.
n
the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
3.
n
a building in which something is sheltered or located
4.
n
(astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
5.
n
aristocratic family line
6.
n
an official assembly having legislative powers
7.
v
contain or cover
Full Definitions of house
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n 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
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Alhambra
a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
Lateran Palace
a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
Tuileries Palace
palace and royal residence built for Catherine de Medicis in 1564 and burned down in 1871; all that remains today are the formal gardens
Vatican Palace
the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City
Palace of Versailles
a palace built in the 17th century for Louis XIV southwest of Paris near the city of Versailles
White House
the government building that serves as the residence and office of the President of the United States
Buckingham Palace
the London residence of the British sovereign
Mount Vernon
the former residence of George Washington in northeastern Virginia overlooking the Potomac river
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beach house
a house built on or near a beach
boarding house, boardinghouse
a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests
bungalow, cottage
a small house with a single story
cabin
a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area
chalet
a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style
chapterhouse, frat house, fraternity house
a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity
country house
a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country
detached house, single dwelling
a house that stands alone
doll's house, dollhouse
a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything
duplex, duplex house, semidetached house
a house with two units sharing a common wall
farmhouse
house for a farmer and family
gatehouse
a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence
guesthouse
a house separate from the main house; for housing guests
hacienda
the main house on a ranch or large estate
hunting lodge, lodge
a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter
lodging house, rooming house
a house where rooms are rented
maisonette, maisonnette
a small house
hall, manse, mansion, mansion house, residence
a large and imposing house
ranch house
a one story house with a low pitched roof
residence
the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)
row house, town house
a house that is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common walls
safe house
a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
saltbox
a type of house built in New England; has two stories in front and one behind
adobe house, sod house, soddy
a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
solar house
a house designed to use solar radiation for heating; usually has large areas of glass in front of heat-absorbing materials
tract house
one of many houses of similar design constructed together on a tract of land
villa
detached or semidetached suburban house
bed and breakfast, bed-and-breakfast
an overnight boardinghouse with breakfast
brownstone
a row house built of brownstone; reddish brown in color
chateau
an impressive country house (or castle) in France
court
the residence of a sovereign or nobleman
dacha
Russian country house
deanery
the official residence of a dean
dosshouse, flophouse
a cheap lodging house
lodge
small house at the entrance to the grounds of a country mansion; usually occupied by a gatekeeper or gardener
log cabin
a cabin built with logs
manor, manor house
the mansion of a lord or wealthy person
manse
the residence of a clergyman (especially a Presbyterian clergyman)
palace
official residence of an exalted person (as a sovereign)
castle, palace
a large and stately mansion
parsonage, rectory, vicarage
an official residence provided by a church for its parson or vicar or rector
cloister, religious residence
residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
shooting box, shooting lodge
a small country house used by hunters during the shooting season
stately home
a mansion that is (or formerly was) occupied by an aristocratic family
summer house
a country house (usually located in the country) that provides a cool place to live in the summer
terraced house
a house that is part of a terrace
villa
pretentious and luxurious country residence with extensive grounds
villa
country house in ancient Rome consisting of residential quarters and farm buildings around a courtyard
Type of:
building, edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
abode, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home
housing that someone is living in

n a social unit living together

“I waited until the whole house was asleep”
Synonyms:
family, home, household, menage
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broken home
a family in which the parents have separated or divorced
conjugal family, nuclear family
a family consisting of parents and their children and grandparents of a marital partner
extended family
a family consisting of the nuclear family and their blood relatives
foster family
the family of a fosterling
foster home
a household in which an orphaned or delinquent child is placed (usually by a social-service agency)
menage a trois
household for three; an arrangement where a married couple and a lover of one of them live together while sharing sexual relations
Type of:
social unit, unit
an organization regarded as part of a larger social group

n the members of a religious community living together

Type of:
community
a group of people living in a particular local area

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

“the children were playing house
Type of:
child's play, play
activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules

v provide housing for

“The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town”
Synonyms:
domiciliate, put up
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rehouse
put up in a new or different housing
home
provide with, or send to, a home
accommodate, lodge
provide housing for
chamber
place in a chamber
take in
provide with shelter
barrack
lodge in barracks
keep
supply with room and board
billet, canton, quarter
provide housing for (military personnel)
Type of:
shelter
provide shelter for
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n the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments

“he worked for a brokerage house
Synonyms:
business firm, firm
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corp, corporation
a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state
accounting firm
a firm of accountants who provide accounting and auditing services for a fee
consulting company, consulting firm
a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee
publisher, publishing company, publishing firm, publishing house
a firm in the publishing business
dealer
a firm engaged in trading
law firm
a firm of lawyers
auction house
a firm that conducts auctions
conglomerate, empire
a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization
large cap
a corporation with a large capitalization
small cap
a corporation with a small capitalization
newspaper, newspaper publisher, paper
a business firm that publishes newspapers
magazine, magazine publisher
a business firm that publishes magazines
car dealer
a firm that sells and buys cars
computer dealer
a firm that sells and buys computers
jewelry dealer, jewelry store
a firm that sells and buys jewelry
truck dealer
a firm that sells and buys trucks
close corporation, closed corporation, private corporation, privately held corporation
a corporation owned by a few people; shares have no public market
closely held corporation
stock is publicly traded but most is held by a few shareholders who have no plans to sell
shell corporation, shell entity
a company that is incorporated but has no assets or operations
FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
a federally sponsored corporation that insures accounts in national banks and other qualified institutions
FHLMC, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Freddie Mac
a corporation authorized by Congress to provide a secondary market for residential mortgages
FNMA, Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Association
a federally chartered corporation that purchases mortgages
Boy Scouts of America
a corporation that operates through a national council that charters local councils all over the United States; the purpose is character building and citizenship training
Type of:
business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern
a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it

n the management of a gambling house or casino

“the house gets a percentage of every bet”
Type of:
management
those in charge of running a business
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n a building in which something is sheltered or located

“they had a large carriage house
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bagnio, bathhouse
a building containing public baths
courthouse
a building that houses judicial courts
field house, sports arena
a building for indoor sports
icehouse
a house for storing ice
meat house
a small house (on a farm) where meat is stored
oast house
a building containing an oast (a kiln for drying hops); usually has a conical or pyramidal roof
pump house, pumping station
a house where pumps (e.g. to irrigate) are installed and operated
meat house, smokehouse
a small house where smoke is used to cure meat or fish
stash house
a house where weapons and supplies are hidden
pump room
a pump house at a spa where medicinal waters are pumped and where patrons gather
sudatorium, sudatory
a bathhouse for hot air baths or steam baths
Type of:
building, edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

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

“the house was full”
Synonyms:
theater, theatre
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arena theater, theater in the round
a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage
cinema, movie house, movie theater, movie theatre, picture palace
a theater where films are shown
dinner theater, dinner theatre
a theater at which dinner is included in the price of admission
home theater, home theatre
television and video equipment designed to reproduce in the home the experience of being in a movie theater
little theater, little theatre
a small theater for experimental drama or collegiate or community groups
music hall, vaudeville theater, vaudeville theatre
a theater in which vaudeville is staged
opera, opera house
a building where musical dramas are performed
bioscope
a South African movie theater
fleapit
an old shabby movie theater
multiplex
a movie theater than has several different auditoriums in the same building
Type of:
building, edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

n the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema

“the house applauded”
“he counted the house
Type of:
audience
a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance
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n (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided

Synonyms:
mansion, planetary house, sign, sign of the zodiac, star sign
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Aries the Ram
the first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox; the sun is in this sign from about March 21 to April 19
Taurus the Bull
the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20
Gemini the Twins
the third sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about May 21 to June 20
Cancer the Crab
the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
Leo the Lion
the fifth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about July 23 to August 22
Virgo the Virgin
the sixth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about August 23 to September 22
Libra the Balance
the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
Scorpio the Scorpion
the eighth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about October 23 to November 21
Sagittarius the Archer
the ninth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about November 22 to December 21
Capricorn the Goat
the tenth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about December 22 to January 19
Aquarius the Water Bearer
the eleventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about January 20 to February 18
Pisces the Fishes
the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20
Type of:
part, region
the extended spatial location of something
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n aristocratic family line

“the House of York”
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royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty
royal persons collectively
Medici
aristocratic Italian family of powerful merchants and bankers who ruled Florence in the 15th century
Hanover, Hanoverian line, House of Hanover
the English royal house that reigned from 1714 to 1901 (from George I to Victoria)
Habsburg, Hapsburg
a royal German family that provided rulers for several European states and wore the crown of the Holy Roman Empire from 1440 to 1806
Hohenzollern
a German noble family that ruled Brandenburg and Prussia
House of Lancaster, Lancaster, Lancastrian line
the English royal house that reigned from 1399 to 1461; its emblem was a red rose
Plantagenet, Plantagenet line
the family name of a line of English kings that reigned from 1154 to 1485
Romanoff, Romanov
the Russian imperial line that ruled from 1613 to 1917
Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
the name of the royal family that ruled Great Britain from 1901-1917; the name was changed to Windsor in 1917 in response to anti-German feelings in World War I
Stuart
the royal family that ruled Scotland from 1371-1714 and ruled England from 1603 to 1649 and again from 1660 to 1714
House of York, York
the English royal house (a branch of the Plantagenet line) that reigned from 1461 to 1485; its emblem was a white rose
Type of:
family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept
people descended from a common ancestor
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n an official assembly having legislative powers

“a bicameral legislature has two houses
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House of Representatives, U.S. House, U.S. House of Representatives, US House, US House of Representatives, United States House of Representatives
the lower legislative house of the United States Congress
House of Burgesses
the lower house of legislature in colonial Virginia
British House of Commons, House of Commons
the lower house of the British parliament
British House of Lords, House of Lords
the upper house of the British parliament
Dail, Dail Eireann
the lower house of the parliament of the Irish Republic
Seanad, Seanad Eireann
the upper house of the parliament of the Irish Republic
Type of:
general assembly, law-makers, legislative assembly, legislative body, legislature
persons who make or amend or repeal laws
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v contain or cover

“This box houses the gears”
Type of:
accommodate, admit, hold
have room for; hold without crowding

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