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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).


  • (UK): IPA(key): /ˈhaʊshəʊld/
  • (US): enPR: housʹhōld, IPA(key): /ˈhaʊshoʊld/
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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.
  2. (obsolete) A line of ancestry; a race or house.


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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
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V, 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.

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