See also: playhouse
- A child's toy domestic dwelling, either for dolls or large enough for the child to enter.
toy house for dolls — see doll's house
toy house for children to play in — see Wendy house
- To act out traditional housekeeping and family roles.
Little girls seem to enjoy playing house more than little boys.
- To live as if married without actually being legally married.
1981, Emily Toth, Inside Peyton Place: the life of Grace Metalious, page 209:
- Though she flaunted her affair with TJ, Grace never admitted in print that she and George had “played house” before their marriage. Instead, she claimed they were married in 1942
2009, Fisher Ellie Slott, Mom There's a Man in the Kitchen and He's Wearing Your Robe:
- Playing House Instead / There are times you may find it more appropriate to live with someone rather than rush into marriage.
2010, Kim Stafford, Damage, page 122:
- I really don't like you playing house with the kids around. I don't want the kids to think that it's okay to live together without commitment.