1. [ noun ] (housing) 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"

Related terms: dwelling building bungalow farmhouse cabin ranch_house residence sod_house boarding_house mansion row_house guesthouse detached_house country_house safe_house hacienda lodging_house lodge dollhouse maisonnette door beach_house tract_house duplex_house chalet saltbox solar_house gatehouse chapterhouse stash_house villa porch study library loft
2. [ noun ] (politics) an official assembly having legislative powers

"the legislature has two houses"

Related terms: legislature House_of_Representatives Dail_Eireann House_of_Lords Seanad_Eireann House_of_Commons
3. [ noun ] (architecture) a building in which something is sheltered or located

"they had a large carriage house"

Related terms: building smokehouse meat_house field_house courthouse courthouse boathouse oast_house pump_house icehouse bathhouse
4. [ noun ] (housing) a social unit living together
Synonyms: family household home menage

"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"

Related terms: unit foster_home extended_family menage_a_trois nuclear_family foster_family home
5. [ noun ] (performing arts) a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
Synonyms: theatre theater

"the house was full"

Related terms: building cinema music_hall home_theater little_theater dinner_theater opera arena_theater odeum stage dressing_room orchestra greenroom theater_stage standing_room orchestra_pit circle box_office parquet_circle tiered_seats parquet dramaturgy
6. [ noun ] (business) members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
Synonyms: firm business_firm

"he worked for a brokerage house"

Related terms: business corporation publisher dealer consulting_firm auction_house law_firm accounting_firm
7. [ noun ] aristocratic family line

"the House of York"

Related terms: family royalty medici
8. [ verb ] contain or cover

"This box houses the gears"

Related terms: hold accommodate housing
9. [ verb ] (housing) provide housing for
Synonyms: domiciliate put_up

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

Related terms: shelter take_in chamber home rehouse lodge housing diggings
10. [ noun ] (religion,sociology) the members of a religious community living together
Related terms: community
11. [ noun ] (film,theater,performing arts) the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema

"the house applauded" "he counted the house"

Related terms: audience claque
12. [ noun ] (games) play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults

"the children were playing house"

Related terms: play
13. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 688
14. [ noun ] (business) the management of a gambling house or casino

"the house gets a percentage of every bet"

Related terms: management
15. [ noun ] (astronomy) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
Synonyms: sign planetary_house mansion star_sign sign_of_the_zodiac
Related terms: region Pisces Leo Taurus Aries Gemini Aquarius Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Cancer zodiac astrology
Similar spelling:   Housey