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Meaning of household by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English houshold, equivalent to house +‎ hold. Cognate with Dutch huishouden ( “household” ), German Haushalt ( “household” ), Swedish hushåll ( “household, family” ), Norwegian husholdning ( “household” ) .


    • ( UK ): IPA: /ˈhaʊshəʊld/, X-SAMPA: /"haUsh@Uld/
    • ( US ): enPR: housʹhōld, IPA: /ˈhaʊshoʊld/, X-SAMPA: /"haUshoUld/


    household ( plural: households )

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


    household ( not comparable )

    1. Belonging to the same house and family .
    2. Of anything found in or having its origin in a home .

    Derived terms

Explanation of household by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a social unit living together

    2. It was a good Christian household

    Definition of household by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Household n.
      1. Those who dwell under the same roof and compose a family.

      And calls, without affecting airs,

      His household twice a day to prayers. Swift.

      2. A line of ancestory; a race or house. [Obs.] Shak.

    2. Household, a. Belonging to the house and family; domestic; as, “household furniture; household affairs.”

      Household bread, bread made in the house for common use; hence, bread that is not of the finest quality. [Obs.] -- Household gods ( Rom. Antiq. ), the gods presiding over the house and family; the Lares and Penates; hence, all objects endeared by association with home. -- Household troops, troops appointed to attend and guard the sovereign or his residence.