household
Pronunciation
  • (British): IPA: /ˈhaʊshəʊld/
  • (America): enPR: housʹhōld, IPA: /ˈhaʊshoʊld/
Noun

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.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 5:
      Although I was a member of the royal household, I was not among the privileged few who were trained for rule.
    • 1732, Jonathan Swift, The Beasts' Confession to the Priest
      And calls, without affecting airs, / His household twice a day to prayers.
  2. (obsolete) A line of ancestry; a race or house.
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1, IV. vi. 39:
      In thee thy mother dies, our household's name, / My death's revenge, thy youth, and England's fame.
Translations Adjective

household (not comparable)

  1. Belonging to the same house and family.
  2. Found in or having its origin in a home.
  3. Widely known to the public; familiar.
    a household word; a household name
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