a building in which people live; residence for human beings.
(often cap.) a family, including ancestors and descendants:the great houses of France; the House of Hapsburg.
a building for any purpose:a house of worship.
Show Businessa theater, concert hall, or auditorium:a vaudeville house.
Show Businessthe audience of a theater or the like.
a place of shelter for an animal, bird, etc.
Governmentthe building in which a legislative or official deliberative body meets.
Government(cap.) the body itself, esp. of a bicameral legislature:the House of Representatives.
Governmenta quorum of such a body.
Business(often cap.) a commercial establishment; business firm:the House of Rothschild; a publishing house.
Gamesa gambling casino.
Gamesthe management of a commercial establishment or of a gambling casino:rules of the house.
an advisory or deliberative group, esp. in church or college affairs.
British Termsa college in an English-type university.
Educationa residential hall in a college or school; dormitory.
Educationthe members or residents of any such residential hall.
Informal Termsa brothel; whorehouse.
British Termsa variety of lotto or bingo played with paper and pencil, esp. by soldiers as a gambling game.
Games, SportAlso called parish.[Curling.]the area enclosed by a circle 12 or 14 ft. (3.7 or 4.2 m) in diameter at each end of the rink, having the tee in the center.
Nautical, Naval Termsany enclosed shelter above the weather deck of a vessel:bridge house; deck house.
Astrologyone of the 12 divisions of the celestial sphere, numbered counterclockwise from the point of the eastern horizon.
Idioms, Show Businessbring down the house, to call forth vigorous applause from an audience; be highly successful:The children's performances brought down the house.
Idiomsclean house. See clean (def. 46).
dress the house,[Theat.]
Show Businessto fill a theater with many people admitted on free passes; paper the house.
Show Businessto arrange or space the seating of patrons in such a way as to make an audience appear larger or a theater or nightclub more crowded than it actually is.
Idiomskeep house, to maintain a home; manage a household.
Idiomslike a house on fire or afire, very quickly; with energy or enthusiasm:The new product took off like a house on fire.
Idiomson the house, as a gift from the management; free:Tonight the drinks are on the house.
Idiomsput or set one's house in order:
to settle one's affairs.
to improve one's behavior or correct one's faults:It is easy to criticize others, but it would be better to put one's own house in order first.
to put or receive into a house, dwelling, or living quarters:More than 200 students were housed in the dormitory.
to give shelter to; harbor; lodge:to house flood victims in schools.
to provide with a place to work, study, or the like:This building houses our executive staff.
to provide storage space for; be a receptacle for or repository of:The library houses 600,000 books.
to remove from exposure; put in a safe place.
Nautical, Naval Terms
to stow securely.
to lower (an upper mast) and make secure, as alongside the lower mast.
to heave (an anchor) home.
to fit the end or edge of (a board or the like) into a notch, hole, or groove.
to form (a joint) between two pieces of wood by fitting the end or edge of one into a dado of the other.
to take shelter; dwell.
of, pertaining to, or noting a house.
for or suitable for a house:house paint.
Businessof or being a product made by or for a specific retailer and often sold under the store's own label:You'll save money on the radio if you buy the house brand.
Foodserved by a restaurant as its customary brand:the house wine.
bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English h(o)us, Old English hūs; cognate with Dutch huis, Low German huus, Old Norse hūs, German Haus, Gothic -hūs (in gudhūs temple); (verb, verbal) Middle English housen, Old English hūsian, derivative of the noun, nominal
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged domicile. House,dwelling,residence,home are terms applied to a place to live in. Dwelling is now chiefly poetic, or used in legal or technical contexts, as in a lease or in the phrase multiple dwelling.Residence is characteristic of formal usage and often implies size and elegance of structure and surroundings:the private residence of the king.These two terms and house have always had reference to the structure to be lived in. Home has recently taken on this meaning and become practically equivalent to house, the new meaning tending to crowd out the older connotations of family ties and domestic comfort. See also hotel.
House(hous),USA pronunciationn.Edward Man•dell(hous),USA pronunciation ("Colonel House''), 1858–1938, U.S. diplomat.