household

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

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.
    • Jonathan Swift
      And calls, without affecting airs, / His household twice a day to prayers.
  2. (obsolete) A line of ancestry; a race or house.

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Adjective[edit]

household (not comparable)

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

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