1: a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families; "he has a house on Cape Cod"; "she felt she had to get out of the house"
2: an official assembly having legislative powers; "the legislature has two houses"
3: a building in which something is sheltered or located; "they had a large carriage house"
4: a social unit living together; "he moved his family to Virginia"; "It was a good Christian household"; "I waited until the whole house was asleep"; "the teacher asked how many people made up his home" [syn: family, household, home, menage]
5: a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full" [syn: theater, theatre]
6: members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments; "he worked for a brokerage house" [syn: firm, business firm]
7: aristocratic family line; "the House of York"
8: the members of a religious community living together
9: the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema; "the house applauded"; "he counted the house"
10: play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults; "the children were playing house"
11: (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided [syn: sign of the zodiac, star sign, sign, mansion, planetary house]
12: the management of a gambling house or casino; "the house gets a percentage of every bet"
1: contain or cover; "This box houses the gears"
2: provide housing for; "The immigrants were housed in a new development outside the town" [syn: put up, domiciliate]
Adjacent words: hourglass | houri | hourlong | hourly | hours | Housatonic | Housatonic River | house | house agent | house arrest | house cat | house centipede | house decorator | house detective | house dick | house finch