Definition of House by Merriam-Webster

ˈhau̇s How to pronounce house (audio)
plural houses ˈhau̇-​zəz How to pronounce houses (audio) also  -​səz How to pronounce houses (audio)

1 : a building that serves as living quarters for one or a few families : home invited them to her house for dinner a two-family house

2a(1) : a shelter or refuge (such as a nest or den) of a wild animal

(2) : a natural covering (such as a test or shell) that encloses and protects an animal or a colony of zooids

b : a building in which something is sheltered or stored

a carriage house

b astrology : a sign of the zodiac that is the seat of a planet’s greatest influence

the house occupied by Jupiter

b : a family including ancestors, descendants, and kindred

the house of Tudor

5a : a residence for a religious community or for students

a fraternity house

b : the community or students living in such a residence

6a government : a legislative, deliberative, or consultative assembly especially : one constituting a division of a bicameral body a bill approved by both houses of Congress

b : the building or chamber where such an assembly meets

c : a quorum of such an assembly

7a : a place of business or entertainment

a movie house the local fish house a house of prostitution

b(1) : a business organization

a publishing house

(2) : a gambling establishment

c : the audience in a theater or concert hall

a full house on opening night

8 curling : the circular area 12 feet in diameter surrounding the tee and within which a curling stone must rest in order to count

[from The Warehouse, Chicago dance club that pioneered the style]
: a type of dance music mixed by a disc jockey that features overdubbing with a heavy repetitive drumbeat and repeated electronic melody lines

ˈhau̇z How to pronounce house (audio)

transitive verb

1a : to provide with living quarters or shelter

a place to house their guests

b : to store in a building

the barn where they house their boat

2 : to encase, enclose, or shelter as if by putting in a house (see house entry 1)

so timorous a soul housed in so impressive a body— A. W. Long

3 : to serve as a shelter or container for : contain buildings that house government offices

ˈhau̇s How to pronounce House (audio)

Edward Mandell 1858–1938 Colonel House American diplomat

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