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

  • adj. Having no home or haven.
  • n. People without homes considered as a group. Often used with the.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking a permanent place of residence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of a home.
  • n.pl. Those people who have no permanent residence, especially those who live outdoors due to poverty; usually used in the definite phrase the homeless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Destitute of a home.

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

  • n. someone unfortunate without housing
  • n. poor people who unfortunately do not have a home to live in
  • adj. without nationality or citizenship
  • adj. physically or spiritually homeless or deprived of security

Etymologies

From Middle English *homles, *hamles, from Old English hāmlēas ("homeless"), equivalent to home +‎ -less. Cognate with Danish hjemløs ("homeless"), Swedish hemlös ("homeless"). Compare also German heimatlos ("homeless"), Icelandic heimilislaus ("homeless"). (Wiktionary)

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