Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A domestic unit consisting of the members of a family who live together along with nonrelatives such as servants.
  • n. The living spaces and possessions belonging to such a unit.
  • n. A person or group of people occupying a single dwelling: the rise of nonfamily households.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or used in a household: household appliances.
  • adj. Commonly known; familiar: has become a household name.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Collectively, all the persons who live in a given house; a family including attendants, servants etc.; a domestic or family establishment.
  • adj. Belonging to the same house and family.
  • adj. Of anything found in or having its origin in a home.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to the house and family; domestic
  • n. Those who dwell under the same roof and compose a family.
  • n. A line of ancestory; a race or house.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An organized family and whatever pertains to it as a whole; a domestic establishment.
  • n. A family considered as consisting of all those who share in the privileges and duties of a common dwelling; the family, including servants and other permanent inmates.
  • n. Goods and chattels for housekeeping.
  • n. plural A technical name among millers for the best flour made from red wheat, with a small portion of white wheat mixed.
  • Of or pertaining to the house and family; domestic; familiar: as, household furniture; household ways.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a social unit living together

Etymologies

Middle English houshold : hous, house; see house + hold, possession, holding (from Old English, from healdan, to hold; see hold1).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English houshold, equivalent to house +‎ hold. Cognate with Dutch huishouden ("household"), German Haushalt ("household"), Swedish hushåll ("household, family"), Norwegian husholdning ("household"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It seems that the 'fairness' wonks get away with using 'household' based purely on irrelevant thesis, i.e., the fallacy that since, ultimately, the earner's (s ') income must support a * household*, that it's therefore the household's total income that "counts" for comparison purposes, not the individual earners'.

    The Skeptical Optimist

  • These days, the major breadmaker in the household is yours truly, and though I don't have a ton more time on my hands than my mom did a couple years ago, I'm a little bit freer as to how I spend my leisure hours.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Your bottom line might be going to bed an hour earlier so you can rise earlier to write while the rest of the household is asleep or to get some writing in before rushing to your day job.

    The Bottom Line « Write Anything

  • The income of the household is attributed to each of its members, with an adjustment to reflect differences in needs for households of different sizes (i.e. the needs of a household composed of four people are assumed to be twice as large as those of a person living alone).

    Matthew Yglesias » Income and Distribution Comparisons

  • And of course the paramount thing in a household is the authority of the woman running it. '

    Rebellion

  • Yes, I live with a fetish model and a fetish photographer, and the other member of the household is also part of the scene, but * I* am not.

    Cogitations And Other Processes Of The Steam-Powered Head

  • De-cluttering a household is a task that appeals strongly to today's professional-class woman.

    Leaving It to the Professionals

  • Opened what he called a household account; that was his main business.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

  • It came to Elizabeth after a day of extreme humiliation -- the day on which she called her household servants together and dismissed them.

    The Hallam Succession

  • Equally the Japanese, European and Chinese "household" is saving in the US as well - creating a capital account surplus.

    Buffet's Trade Proposal, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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