House Definition

Define what is House?

1. house (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.

building, edifice noun
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place.

dwelling, dwelling house, abode, domicile, habitation, home noun
housing that someone is living in.


beach house noun
a house built on or near a beach.

boarding house, boardinghouse noun
a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests.

bungalow, cottage noun
a small house with a single story.

cabin noun
a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area.

chalet noun
a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style.

frat house, fraternity house, chapterhouse noun
a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity.

country house noun
a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country.

detached house, single dwelling noun
a house that stands alone.

doll's house, dollhouse noun
a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything.

duplex, duplex house, semidetached house noun
a house with two units sharing a common wall.

farmhouse noun
house for a farmer and family.

gatehouse noun
a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence.

guesthouse noun
a house separate from the main house; for housing guests.

hacienda noun
the main house on a ranch or large estate.

hunting lodge, Lodge noun
a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter.

lodging house, rooming house noun
a house where rooms are rented.

maisonette, maisonnette noun
a small house.

manse, mansion house, mansion, residence, Hall noun
a large and imposing house.

ranch house noun
a one story house with a low pitched roof.

residence noun
the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president).

row house, town house noun
a house that is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common walls.

safe house noun
a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations.

saltbox noun
a type of house built in New England; has two stories in front and one behind.

adobe house, sod house, Soddy noun
a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses.

solar house noun
a house designed to use solar radiation for heating; usually has large areas of glass in front of heat-absorbing materials.

tract house noun
one of many houses of similar design constructed together on a tract of land.

Villa noun
detached or semidetached suburban house.

2. house (verb)

contain or cover.

  • This box houses the gears.

accommodate, admit, hold verb
have room for; hold without crowding.

3. domiciliate, house, put up (verb)

provide housing for.

  • The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town.
Synonyms: domiciliate, put up

shelter verb
provide shelter for.


rehouse verb
put up in a new or different housing.

home verb
provide with, or send to, a home.

Lodge, accommodate verb
provide housing for.

chamber verb
place in a chamber.

take in verb
provide with shelter.

4. business firm, firm, house (noun)

the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments.

  • he worked for a brokerage house.
Synonyms: business firm, firm

business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern noun
a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it.


corp, corporation noun
a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state.

accounting firm noun
a firm of accountants who provide accounting and auditing services for a fee.

consulting company, consulting firm noun
a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee.

publisher, publishing company, publishing firm, publishing house noun
a firm in the publishing business.

dealer noun
a firm engaged in trading.

law firm noun
a firm of lawyers.

auction house noun
a firm that conducts auctions.

5. house (noun)

the members of a religious community living together.


    community noun
    a group of people living in a particular local area.

    6. house (noun)

    the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema.

    • the house applauded.
    • he counted the house.

    audience noun
    a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance.

    7. house (noun)

    an official assembly having legislative powers.

    • a bicameral legislature has two houses.

    law-makers, legislative assembly, legislative body, legislature, General Assembly noun
    persons who make or amend or repeal laws.


    House of Representatives, U.S. House, U.S. House of Representatives, United States House of Representatives, US House, US House of Representatives noun
    the lower legislative house of the United States Congress.

    House of Burgesses noun
    the lower house of legislature in colonial Virginia.

    British House of Commons, House of Commons noun
    the lower house of the British parliament.

    British House of Lords, House of Lords noun
    the upper house of the British parliament.

    Dail, Dail Eireann noun
    the lower house of the parliament of the Irish Republic.

    Seanad, Seanad Eireann noun
    the upper house of the parliament of the Irish Republic.

    8. house (noun)

    aristocratic family line.

    • the House of York.

    family line, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, Sept, folk, family noun
    people descended from a common ancestor.


    royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty noun
    royal persons collectively.

    Medici noun
    aristocratic Italian family of powerful merchants and bankers who ruled Florence in the 15th century.

    9. 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.

    child's play, play noun
    activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules.

    10. mansion, planetary house, sign of the zodiac, star sign, sign, house (noun)

    (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided.


      region, part noun
      the extended spatial location of something.

      11. house (noun)

      the management of a gambling house or casino.

      • the house gets a percentage of every bet.

      management noun
      those in charge of running a business.

      12. family, household, menage, home, 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.

      social unit, unit noun
      an organization regarded as part of a larger social group.


      broken home noun
      a family in which the parents have separated or divorced.

      conjugal family, nuclear family noun
      a family consisting of parents and their children and grandparents of a marital partner.

      extended family noun
      a family consisting of the nuclear family and their blood relatives.

      foster family noun
      the family of a fosterling.

      foster home noun
      a household in which an orphaned or delinquent child is placed (usually by a social-service agency).

      menage a trois noun
      household for three; an arrangement where a married couple and a lover of one of them live together while sharing sexual relations.

      13. theater, theatre, house (noun)

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

      • the house was full.
      Synonyms: theater, theatre

      building, edifice noun
      a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place.


      arena theater, theater in the round noun
      a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage.

      movie house, movie theater, movie theatre, picture palace, cinema noun
      a theater where films are shown.

      dinner theater, dinner theatre noun
      a theater at which dinner is included in the price of admission.

      home theater, home theatre noun
      television and video equipment designed to reproduce in the home the experience of being in a movie theater.

      little theater, little theatre noun
      a small theater for experimental drama or collegiate or community groups.

      music hall, vaudeville theater, vaudeville theatre noun
      a theater in which vaudeville is staged.

      opera house, Opera noun
      a building where musical dramas are performed.

      14. house (noun)

      a building in which something is sheltered or located.

      • they had a large carriage house.

      building, edifice noun
      a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place.


      bagnio, bathhouse noun
      a building containing public baths.

      courthouse noun
      a building that houses judicial courts.

      field house, sports arena noun
      a building for indoor sports.

      icehouse noun
      a house for storing ice.

      meat house noun
      a small house (on a farm) where meat is stored.

      oast house noun
      a building containing an oast (a kiln for drying hops); usually has a conical or pyramidal roof.

      pump house, pumping station noun
      a house where pumps (e.g. to irrigate) are installed and operated.

      meat house, smokehouse noun
      a small house where smoke is used to cure meat or fish.

      stash house noun
      a house where weapons and supplies are hidden.

      Nearby Terms

      house agent (noun)
      a person who is authorized to act as an agent for the sale of land

      house arrest (noun)
      confinement to your own home

      house cat (noun)
      any domesticated member of the genus Felis

      house centipede (noun)
      long-legged centipede common in damp places as e.g. cellars

      house decorator (noun)
      a person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings

      house detective (noun)
      a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store

      house dick (noun)
      a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store

      house finch (noun)
      small finch originally of the western United States and Mexico

      house fly (noun)
      common fly that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseases

      house guest (noun)
      a guest entertained in your house

      house husband (noun)
      a husband who keeps house while his wife earns the family income

      house martin (noun)
      common small European martin that builds nests under the eaves of houses

      house mouse (noun)
      brownish-grey Old World mouse now a common household pest worldwide

      House of Burgesses (noun)
      the lower house of legislature in colonial Virginia

      house of cards (noun)
      a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control