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.