house Definition

  • 1a building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people
  • 2a commercial or industrial building, such as a hotel, office, or factory
  • 3a place where something is kept or stored for use

Using house: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "house" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I live in a house with my family.

  • Example

    The company has its headquarters in a large office house.

  • Example

    The tool shed is used to house all the gardening equipment.

  • Example

    The museum houses an impressive collection of art.

house Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for house

Phrases with house

  • provided free of charge by the establishment


    The bartender gave us a round of drinks on the house.

  • bring the house down

    to cause great enthusiasm and applause from an audience


    The comedian's jokes brought the house down.

  • to get along very well with someone


    As soon as they met, they got on like a house on fire.

Origins of house

from Old English 'hūs'


Summary: house in Brief

The term 'house' [haʊs] refers to a building for human habitation, commercial or industrial purposes, or storage. It can be a home for a family or a headquarters for a company, as in 'I live in a house with my family' and 'The company has its headquarters in a large office house.' 'House' also extends into phrases like 'on the house,' meaning free of charge, and 'get on like a house on fire,' indicating a good relationship.

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