See also: Household
From Middle English houshold, equivalent to house + hold. Cognate with Scots houshald, housald, housell, howsell (“household”), Dutch huishouden (“household”), German Low German Huushollen (“household”), German Haushalt (“household”), Swedish hushåll (“household, family”), Norwegian husholdning (“household”).
household (plural households)
- 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, published 2010, page 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.
- (obsolete) A line of ancestry; a race or house.
- 1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene vi], line 39:
- In thee thy mother dies, our household's name, / My death's revenge, thy youth, and England's fame.
those living in the same residence
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household (not comparable)
- Belonging to the same house and family.
- Found in or having its origin in a home.
- Widely known to the public; familiar.
- a household word; a household name
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
Terms derived from household
belonging to same house and family
found in or having its origin in a home