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Language: Old English
Origin: hus

house

1 noun
     
house
house1 S1 W1 plural houses
1

where someone lives

[countable]
a) a building that someone lives in, especially one that has more than one level and is intended to be used by one family:
a four bedroom house
in a house
every room in the house
at somebody's house
We met at Alison's house.
Why don't you all come over to our house for coffee?
move house British English (=leave your house and go to live in another one)
b)

the house

all the people who live in a house [= household]:
He gets up at six and disturbs the whole house.
2

building

a)

opera/court/movie etc house

a large public building used for a particular purpose
b)

House

British English used in the names of large buildings, especially offices:
the BBC television studios at Broadcasting House
c)

hen house/coach house/storehouse etc

a building used for a particular purpose
3

government

PGP [countable] a group of people who make the laws of a country:
The President will address both houses of Congress.
the speaker of the house
Lower House, Upper House
4

company

[countable] a company, especially one involved in a particular area of business:
America's oldest publishing house
a small independent software house
a famous Italian fashion house
5

theatre

[countable]
a) APT the part of a theatre, cinema etc where people sit [≠ backstage]:
The show has been playing to full houses.
The house was half empty.
The house lights went down and the music started.
b) APT the people who have come to watch a performance [= audience]
full/packed/empty house (=a large or small audience)
The show has been playing to packed houses since it opened.
6

in house

BEC if you work in house, you work at the offices of a company or organization, not at home in-house
7

put/set/get your (own) house in order

used to say that someone should improve the way they behave before criticizing other people
8

bring the house down

to make a lot of people laugh, especially when you are acting in a theatre
9

be on the house

if drinks or meals are on the house, you do not have to pay for them because they are provided free by the owner of the bar, restaurant etc
10

house wine

also house red/whiteDFD ordinary wine that is provided by a restaurant to be drunk with meals:
A glass of house red, please.
11

get on/along like a house on fire

British English informal to quickly have a very friendly relationship
12

set up house

to start to live in a house, especially with another person:
The two of them set up house in Brighton.
13

keep house

to regularly do all the cleaning, cooking etc in a house:
His daughter keeps house for him.
14

school

SES [countable] British English in some schools, one of the groups that children of different ages are divided into to compete against each other, for example in sports competitions
15

royal family

[countable] an important family, especially a royal family:
the House of Windsor
16

music

[uncountable] house music
17

house of God/worship

literary a church
18

this house

formal used to mean the people who are voting in a formal debate when you are stating the proposal that is being discussed
doll's house

; ➔ eat somebody out of house and home

at eat (10), open house, public house

➔ (as) safe as houses

at safe1 (5)
WORD FOCUS: house WORD FOCUS: house
types of house: terraced house British English/row house American English one of several houses that are joined together
detached house
British English a house that is not joined to another house
semi-detached house
British English a house that is attached to another house on one side
cottage
a small house in the country
bungalow
British English a small house with one floor
duplex
American English a house that is divided into two separate homes
apartment
also flat British English a set of rooms where someone lives, which is part of a larger building
condominium
/condo American English an apartment in a large building, which is owned by the people who live there
studio apartment
/studio also bedsit British English an apartment with one main room and no separate bedroom

a very large house: mansion, palace, country house British English, stately home British English

someone who sells houses and land: estate agent British English, real estate agent American English, realtor American English

someone who rents a house from another person: tenant

someone who owns a house and rents it to people: landlord, landlady
house residence, property, dwelling, abode, lease, lessee
 
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